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Marathon tragedy: Massachusetts Guard assists Boston police

In light of the tragic events in Boston yesterday, many gathered together to help the wounded during the attacks, donate blood to hospitals in need and revisit the site to recognize the victims.

So far, over 170 have been reported injured, and three are confirmed dead.

Soldiers and airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard muster on the Boston Common to receive orders for a coordinated response in support of civilian authorities in the wake of the marathon bombings, April 15 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Cadet Matthew Feehan, Massachusetts National Guard)

Along with first responders, the Massachusetts National Guard received orders to assist the Boston police and provide additional support in the aftermath of the attack. Rhode Island and New York also provided troop support.

Early Tuesday, the Massachusetts National Guard reported more than 1,000 personnel on duty — additionally, the Massachusetts National Guard’s 387th Ordnance Company (explosive ordnance disposal) activated, and the 267th Combat Communications Squadron’s Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) headed to Boston to assist with interagency communication, wirelessly connecting deployed personnel, according to a National Guard press release.

**UPDATE** As of early April 17,more than 780 troops were still on state active duty. However, civil support personnel from New York and Rhode Island have returned home, and aviation personnel stood down.
The  Massachusetts National Guard continues to assist local and state authorities, overseeing transit and perimeter security to the main area affected by the explosions.

“Boston police, firefighters and first responders, as well as the National Guard, responded heroically and continue to do so as we speak. It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances,” President Obama said addressing the nation Monday night. “We salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy.”

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