In times of crisis, you want to check in with your loved ones. That's especially the case this week for people with family members in Boston. Some of us here at NBC12 were struggling to get in touch, while also reporting the story.
My cousin and his fiancé were my first thoughts when all of this unfolded Monday and again Friday morning.
We exchanged a flurry of text messages as they hunkered down in their apartment. Friday, they shared their experience on our newscasts.
"At about 5:45 in the morning we got a phone call from the City of Boston just letting us know that there was violence overnight and we should be staying indoors," my cousin Adam Fox recalled. "It's pretty bizarre. It's been a wild few days. You just don't know what to expect at this point."
It certainly wasn't the day they were expecting. It was supposed to be a Boston pride day, so they were wearing their Boston gear. But no one else would get to see their spirit in person. Deb and Adam stayed locked down, especially because they live less than two miles outside Watertown, where all the action was at its peak.
"It's definitely a place we frequent often," Adam told us. "It's pretty wild. You can see helicopters outside our windows, things like that, so we're close!"
They, like many of us, are glued to the TV, waiting for any piece of information about what's happening right outside their home.
"We've just been watching the news 24/7, trying to become familiar with what's going on," My cousin-to-be, Debra Gasser, said. "It's very surreal. It's very scary."
Adam and I both grew up in New York and were there on September 11th, 2001. He says this brought him back to those days and the constant questioning of whether or not we're ever safe.
But somewhere in that fear Friday, came a ray of hope.
"I think we're going to catch him and I feel really good about it," Deb added.
Until then though, Deb and Adam will be staying inside.
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