Mike Miazga 2013-05-03 22:30:06
Boston Strong The senseless Boston Marathon bombings hit close to home for me. My wife loves Boston and is the biggest non- Boston-based Red Sox fan there is. When we visit, we always discover something new to do or see and always encounter friendly, welcoming Bostonians. It’s a great area filled with great people. Watching news coverage of the bombing was a bit tough considering I’ve been in or walked by many of the places affected by the explosions. A former employer at one time was based on Boylston Street and used to put me up at a hotel near the cross street where the first bomb detonated. My wife has talked about wanting to go to Boston for Patriots’ Day to take in the traditional mid-morning Red Sox game and celebrate the iconic day afterward.What if she had taken that trip this year? My daughter’s pediatrician, who runs marathons, said she missed qualifying for this year’s Boston Marathon by two minutes in another race. She asked the same question to us. What if she had been in the big race? Kevin Corcoran, a truck driver at F.W. Webb’s branch in Methuen, Mass., was near the marathon finish line with his wife, Celeste, and daughter, Sydney, at the time the first bomb went off. The family, which lives in nearby Lowell, Mass., was in Boston to watch Celeste’s sister, Carmen Accabo, run in the race. Celeste and Sydney suffered extremely serious injuries as a result of the bombings. Celeste lost both legs below the knees and Sydney sustained a severed femoral artery.Kevin Corcoran, in a heart-wrenching interview on NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” said he was told by doctors Sydney’s wound would have been mortal if not for two civilians who helped stop the bleeding.A Lowell Sun newspaper report notes the Corcorans were only 10 ft. From the first explosion. The report says Kevin Corcoran sustained minor injuries. Veteran F.W. Webb executive Ernie Coutermarsh shared in an email to BNP Media Plumbing Group Publisher Bob Miodonski comments from daughter-inlaw Kate Coutermarsh, a trauma nurse at a hospital that treated numerous victims and the surviving terrorist. Kate Coutermarsh’s husband, Patrick, works at the Webb Methuen branch with Corcoran. Kate Coutermarsh recalled the heartache of having to talk to a victim’s family on the phone and described the yeoman efforts of the hospital’s staff. She also mentioned the tremendous outpouring of support for the Corcoran family. Kevin Corcoran’s cousin set up a website that provides updates, a place to leave get-well wishes and make recovery donations. “Kevin is known by customers and colleagues alike for his dedication, pride, great attitude and professionalism,” Ernie Coutermarsh wrote. “He is an outstanding employee and co-worker with a reputation for compassion and a willingness to help others.” Just eight days after the bombings, more than $600,000 was raised for the family. The goal is $750,000. That outpouring of support extends throughout F. W. Webb’s family. “The response from our customers and employees, most who don’t know Kevin, has been staggering,” F.W. Webb Vice President of Human Resources Ruth Martin told me. “We have employees from Syracuse, N.Y., and up in northern Maine asking what they can do to help. We have customers offering to remodel their home in the future if they need it.” Martin told me about a conversation she had with a Webb employee who recently went on a vacation. That employee cancelled a specific day trip and instead donated those funds to the Corcorans. A friend of the employee then found out about the donation and paid for the cancelled day trip. I encourage you to visit www.gofundme.com/ CelesteandSydney to see the support the family continues to receive. My jaw hit the floor when I first saw $500,000 had been raised in about a week. Sydney Corcoran, whose hospital bed was moved next to her mom’s so they could hold hands and support each other, celebrated her 18th birthday in the hospital in late April and the website chronicled the special day. People have a way of overcoming the worst of situations and banding together when help is needed the most. The Corcorans have a long recovery ahead of them, but no doubt will have tremendous amounts of support along the way. “Six to eight months down the road the Corcorans are still going to have plenty of people there for them,” Martin said. “We will all be there to help Kevin and his family.”
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