, Newburyport, MA

May 2, 2013

Praise for law enforcement officials, families

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I want to thank all the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us all safe during the search for the Boston Marathon bomber. Also, to all the family members of the law enforcement officials who were called in to assist with the search for the suspect ... I was thinking of you.

As the spouse of a Massachusetts state trooper, who was called into Boston on Friday, I experienced a multitude of emotions. I spent the day with my children and weighed our realities and how suddenly things could change for the worse. As I watched the news alone, mesmerized like everyone else, I fought back fear and did my best to appear normal for my three very young boys, not wishing to alarm them to what was happening.

For our family things ended well. My husband made it home safe that night. My heart aches for the families for which that was not the case. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

I know first hand why Boston Is Strong and that is because the amazing men and woman in law enforcement and the families that support them are strong. I am fortunate to be part of this community. My husband is my hero. I am extremely proud of him and his brave actions last week.

Maura Ryan Ciardiello