Above and Beyond

The shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., during the opening night of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded, proved once again that first responders are critical to saving lives.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” —Psalm 23:5a

co theater2As moviegoers began streaming out of the theatre, police and EMTs found it difficult to tell who was actually shot and who simply had blood on them from others.

Police, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, and other medical workers launched into a co theatermass casualty response.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan told reporters, “We didn’t lose more lives, because our first responders not only did their job, they went above and beyond.”

The dispatch recordings and interviews with first responders depict a well-oiled team of law enforcement and medical personnel—no squabbling, no hysteria, despite the terror that confronted them. Victims had been struck in the head, neck, chest, and arms by shotgun, handgun, and high-velocity rifle ammunition.

co theater3Eric Hunter, a radiology technician, had been watching the Batman movie in the theater next to the shooting. He and an off-duty paramedic aided two terrified teenage girls, one of whom had been shot.

Dispatchers called in ambulances from all over the area, yet some were too badly injured to wait, so police began driving victims to hospitals. The Medical Center of Aurora soon teemed with five trauma surgeons, two neurosurgeons, two orthopedic surgeons, several ER doctors, nurses, and technicians.

Anytime evil lashes out, you will find those who represent good. The public servants in Aurora proved to be valiant and courageous.

Thank God today that you too can stand on the side of the right and the just.

ALMIGHTY GOD, we never get accustomed to tragedy and are always surprised when it strikes. Ready me to serve in any situation You may call me to. May I be a force of good for You.

A daily devotion fromstrength for service

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