Students Thank Boston First Responders


Austin Dodd ’15 (CLAS), left, and Justis Lopez ’14 (ED) write notes to Boston area first responders at the Student Union. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

When Austin Dodd ’15 (CLAS) learned of Monday’s gruesome attack on Boylston Street in Boston, he quickly checked Facebook to ensure that his friends – one running the race, and another standing somewhere among the throng of spectators – were safe.

Though relieved to find a Facebook post assuring him they were both out of harm’s way, he could not forget the video footage he had witnessed on CNN, including the images of people running to one another’s aid in the moments immediately following the explosions. Later that night, he found himself back online, reading through the many messages posted in the aftermath by his other friends, all expressing hope, solidarity, and support for the city of Boston.

“Right now, what people need to do is spread the love and spread the hope, because that’s the only thing that can fight hate,” says Dodd, a native of Putnam, Conn. “We’ve got to do something positive.”

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