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Westover Remains Vigilant After Boston Marathon Bombings


CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB) — Like many others, Col. James Bishop was on the sidelines cheering for loved ones Monday at the Boston Marathon.

“We were watching my son’s fiancé on Heartbreak Hill, got on the T, when we got off at the Hines Convention Center, Boston police said, ‘Everybody off right now, this metro is closed, get outside.’ We were going towards the finish line. If we had been 15 minutes earlier, we would have been right where the bombs exploded,” Bishop recalled.

In fact, Col. Bishop and his family had been right there just a couple of hours earlier, snapping a picture taken just steps away from the explosions.

The effects resonated with folks here in our area.

Col. Bishop says he knows of at least one reservist who went to Boston to help. Locally, they’re remaining vigilant.

“Of course we’re on heightened alert. We do have an explosive ordinance disposal, an EOD unit that stands ready to serve and certainly has been active.  I can’t get into more specifics than that,” added Col. Bishop.

He also notes that they’re ready to send more resources to Boston if they need it.

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