From police dispatchers, to emergency medical personnel, to crisis counselors, Local 888 members played a key role in the massive response to the Boston Marathon bombings. Brenda Rodrigues, secretary-treasurer of Local 888, praised the dedication of these members, many of whom work behind the scenes to ensure that first responders are able to do their jobs effectively.
“We commend Local 888 members who work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston as police dispatchers, members who work for the Public Health Commission, others who work as counselors for the Department of Neighborhood Development, and many personnel for the Town of Watertown who serve as dispatchers and public works employees,” said Rodrigues.
City of Watertown employee and Local 888 Executive Board member Lori Moran said union members there played an essential role. “Thanks to our great Watertown dispatchers and DPW workers who worked behind the scenes to help bring this nightmare to an end,” said Moran.
Local 888 has made a contribution to One Fund Boston, which will help individuals most affected by the bombings. “We are inspired by the sacrifice of so many union members and other workers who rushed to aid the injured, protected the public or pursued the perpetrators at great personal risk,” said Rodrigues.