Emergency First Responders, One Courageous Step Ahead

New York's Port Authority police chief, John Ryan, details the mentality of a first responder.
2:22 | 04/19/13

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We're here JFK airport -- we're talking. To the police chief here Port Authority John Ryan he spent 35 years on the force and headed up the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts. He knows exactly what it means to be a first responder. So chief when you saw those first images out of Boston what was going through your mind my initial thoughts went -- to the people that were injured and heard and possibly killed in the explosions. Then. My mind refocused on our response and -- preparations to deal. With any potential incidents they might occur here so when you see this happening you see potentially another terrorist attack. What what were you feeling what we think -- and make sure that all. Port Authority police personnel. Or any. Alerted to what was occurring. And also preparing themselves to to be in place to respond and either. And terror stop or react to with the way they've been turning to. You know losing. So many colleagues and people and -- my entire career with there you know been involved and arrests with there you can't help but take care unit that personally. It really takes a certain kind of person to be first responders -- Yes it does I think beyond that means career. It has to be something -- -- Almost -- morning to you the idea of courage I think it's really fascinating for a lot of people because. Really you are running into danger. When so many people -- running away and courage is not something that can be toward. People just react as we deal with training what can normal everyday people do during an emergency. It's no way nobody's known -- -- gonna respond until an event like that. Happens and may have present but you know it's been my experience -- that the average American has said. Inherent design and -- -- of -- people you've seen it time and time again. What is your message to the people of Boston right now our hearts go out to them. You know. Our hearts go out to their first responders thing that was. For me was that support they came from people not only from the law enforcement community but from people around the country and around the world.

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