Residents From Bangor And Old Town Tell Boston Marathon Experience

Updated 2 years ago

”I was running the race, and fell ill, and didn’t hear about everything until, actually, I was on my way back to the finish line, and called looking for Jen, and my friends, who were at the finish line, and found out there was an explosion,” said Laurie Sidelko of Old Town.Sidelko’s partner, Jennifer Hubbard, was a volunteer, assisting a family just before the first explosion took place.”I mean, we were a block away when we saw the explosion take place, and we could heare it, and all of a sudden we could see all the people running toward us, and at that point, it was almost like looking into a water color painting. I mean, everyone was just rushing toward us. And, it was only as things started unfolding, and all the emergency personel and everyone else was flooding in that you realize the magnitude,” said Hubbard.Joseph Capeheart drove from his home in Bangor to run in the marathon. His wife captured this picture before he crossed the finish line about 30 minutes before the tragic events.”When my wife and I, and my newborn son, were leaving, we heard there had been two explosions in the area where we had just been. I just feel thankful that I wasn’t there when it actually happened. Just a half hour difference, and we would have been there. You never think you’re going to be in a situation like that, not that we were in it, just that you were just there, and something like this totally changes the whole perspective on what you just did,” said Capeheart.Dealing with what happened is something that is suggested shouldn’t be dealt with alone.”The biggest mistake that people make is whatever they’re going through, they go through it alone. The nature of trauma is that the experience is not truly over. We continue to re-experience it, we continue to have a sense of our world being rocked, and there is no shame in needing some help with working through that. As painful as these experiences are, they also provide an opportunity for us to take nothing at all for granted and to have a greater sense of those we love, and being connected to them,” said Jim LaPierre, a therapist at Higher Ground in Brewer.


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