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(NECN) – Massachusetts Homeland Security Director Kurt Schwartz spoke about the response of safety officials and the public on a panel at the congressional hearing of the Boston Marathon bombings on Thursday.
He said that much planning went into the security of the events, and those efforts were pushed further after the bombings.
“For local, regional state public safety officials and The Boston Marathon is one of our largest annual events and we appropriately dedicate substantial planning an operational resources to protect as best we can the runners and spectators and the eight cities and towns that host the race,” said Schwartz.
Schwartz said that preparation and quick action made the response to the bombings and the subsequent manhunt for the bombing suspects exceptional.
“The response by the public, by bystanders, witnesses and volunteers in those moments after the blasts was nothing short of remarkable,” said Schwartz.
He said the community responded to the events with compassion, strength, and support for everyone involved.
“These tragic and shocking events brought out the best in our communities.”
The hearing also comes on the same day that Worcester Police have said the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried. The location of the burial site is unknown at this time.
The attacks took place on April 15, 2013 -- during the Boston Marathon.
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