A Hero Among Heroes: A Boston Cop’s Story at the Marathon

Tragedy & Bravery


For Thomas Barrett, a patrolman in the Boston Police, what happened last Monday, April 15, hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s too raw. He thinks it’ll be a while.

It was Patriots Day. It was Marathon Monday. For Boston, there’s no other day like it. The race began like every other one he’s worked in his decade and a half of service. Thousands of marathoners and tens of thousands of supporters and volunteers had swarmed into the city for the grueling 26.2-mile course that begins on Main Street in rural Hopkinton and climbs up Heartbreak Hill near Boston College before ending close to Copley Square in Boston. Virtually everybody in town knows someone who’s running it.

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And just like the past few years, Barrett, 41, a veteran of police departments in Newton and Cambridge…

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