Some of the top law enforcement officials working during the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, including former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, will testify in the U.S. Senate Wednesday about how the attack affected emergency preparedness in the country.
Also testifying at the subcommittee hearing, "Lessons Learned: 10 Years Since the Boston Marathon Bombings," will be Rich Serino, who was deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the time, and Kerry Sleeper, who was deputy assistant director of the FBI. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, and Sen. and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, will lead the hearing.
"New England will never forget the day that two terrorists detonated bombs during the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds. Ten years after this horrific tragedy, we must examine how that attack has impacted our country’s ongoing efforts to respond to and prevent terrorist attacks," said Hassan, chair of the Senate's Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee, in a statement. "The witnesses coming to this hearing have critical firsthand experience in emergency management and law enforcement."
Romney noted the advancements made in the last decade, and since the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., but said in a statement, "our country is less secure when we take our eyes off the ball. "In this hearing, I'm pleased that we will have an opportunity to examine what we are doing well and what needs improvement as we work to prevent future attacks."
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The 10th anniversary of the deadly bombing at the race's finish line was April 15, 2023. It was marked in Boston with a memorial ceremony at the site on Boylston Street, then another ceremony for which church bells rang.