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May 9, 2013

Bombers 'don't get to win'

You have to love the spirit and attitude of Remy Lawler, the young woman from Amesbury who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.

She went to the finish line on Patriots Day to support her longtime friend from Amesbury, Erin Hurley, who was running in the race. She stood with Hurley’s boyfriend, Jeff Bauman. As Hurley neared the finish, she stepped forward from Bauman to get a better photo. And those few moments were critical.

One of the Tsarnaev brothers had dropped a bag near Bauman’s feet. It exploded a short time later, costing Bauman both of his legs. Lawler was injured in the blast by a piece of shrapnel that struck her leg. They were two of the over 200 people injured in the two explosions; three others died from the bombs.

This week, three weeks removed from the bombing, Lawler is recovering at her parents’ home in Amesbury. She’s endured a lot — surgeries to repair the 9-inch wound in her leg, a physical recovery process that appears to be progressing well and an emotional recovery process that will no doubt be the longest.

Her attitude amplifies the kind of tenacity and strength that we have seen demonstrated throughout Boston and beyond in the wake of the bombings. Her feelings run a broad range, but her guiding philosophy is to not let the bombers “win.”

“They set out to make people afraid, to ruin people, to break people. They have not accomplished anything. They lose. Everyone is stronger because of it,” Lawler told The Daily News.

In the wake of the bombings, we all saw something that brought immense pride to our state’s capital city. The fast action and heroism of first responders — police, medics, firefighters, people in the crowd — demonstrated how instinctive it is to help one’s fellow man. In the days that followed, Bostonians showed their immense pride in their city and their unshakable spirit of unity and defiance. Bostonians earned the admiration of people across the globe.

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