Davis on Marathon Attack Lessons: Some First Responders Didn't Get Enough Care

(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - A conference was held Monday on the leadership behind the response to the Boston Marathon bombings and the lessons learned from the attack.

The conference was co-hosted by former Boston Mayor Tom Menino in his new position at Boston University, where leaders such as Governor Deval Patrick and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis spoke as well.

The summit, Leading Cities Through a Crisis, drew from examples from the 2013 attack that killed three people near the marathon's finish line in Copley Square and injured more than 260 others.

Speakers say that lessons learned from their response include the amazing effort from Boston's medical teams - none of the victims died at a hospital - and the amount of unprecedented coordination. But in the aftermath of tragedy, those first responders were trying to cope while still working every day among their colleagues and their families.

"They responded immediately. We had 30-40 distress people there working with our officers and with the first responders, but it was not enough. I thought we had that box checked, and it wasn't until a month later, sitting down with some of the first responders that I realized that some of them didn't get the care that they needed," Davis said.

Former Commissioner Davis credited Partners Health Care and its vast network for stepping in and helping all of the first responders to deal with what they had been going through.

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