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The dates of dramatic life changing events are things we all remember for the rest of our lives. The Greatest Generation knows where they were and what they were doing when they received news of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Some of us are old enough to remember clearly the day JFK was assassinated. Many of us will never forget the events of September 11th, 2001. The Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013 is a day Bostonians of all ages will never forget. News of the attack stopped us all dead in our tracks. I don’t know a single Bostonian who does not recall exactly what they were doing upon first hearing the news of the attack.

 

 

STONEWASH MAGAZINE

 

Left to Right: Author David Wedge & Casey Sherman

Left to Right: Author David Wedge & Casey Sherman

 

 

 

Author David Wedge

Author David Wedge

Mr. Casey Sherman-one of the authors of “The Finest Hours” a New York Times Best seller, teamed up with Mr. David Wedge- a veteran writer for The Boston Herald, to write the book “Boston Strong – A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy.” Stonewash Magazine had the privilege to sit-down, for an exclusive interview with Mr. Wedge, on December the 7th 2015, to talk about the events of that tragic day.

 

April 15th, 2013 started off as a pretty normal day for Wedge. When his phone rang, he was en route to City Hall where he was scheduled to cover recent developments in the Mayor’s race. On the other end of the line was a lifetime friend, a Boston Firefighter who provided vague information about blasts downtown. Wedge, didn’t think too much of it at the time, unaware of the magnitude the blast had cost. He thought perhaps it was a manhole blast or something relatively routine, but it was anything but that. Shortly after hanging-up the phone, Wedge received a call from another editor at The Herald alerting him that the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library was on fire.
After realizing nobody was hurt there, Wedge diverted to where the Boston Marathon. As he approached from the Back Bay-in Boston Massachusetts, he slowly began to see and understand the gravity of what had happened that morning.

 

The scene was chaotic Wedge describes. Spectators were confused and running for cover, not knowing if there would be another explosion. Absolutely an atmosphere of chaos, sadness, and confusion surrounded wedge, while memories of 9/11 came fluttering back. Wedge, a Boston native, who had spent two weeks in New York City covering the aftermath of 9/11, found himself overwhelmed with grief.

 

After covering the Mayor’s race in late 2013, Wedge decided to leave Boston Herald so he could begin research and preparing for the book Boston Strong. Wedge connected with an old pal, Mr. Casey Sherman, who would later become co-author of “Boston Strong – A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy.” Sherman, a well known published author had written “A Rose for Mary.” A book about his Aunt Mary-who was the final victim of the Boston Strangler. Sherman also went on to writing “The Finest Hours.” which is being made into a film by Walt Disney Pictures (Movie Release date-January 29, 2016)

 

Together, Wedge and Sherman began their research by interviewing first responders, survivors, including the Collier family. Sean Collier was a member of the MIT Police Department who was executed by the marathon bombing suspects a few days after the attack. Both Wedge and Sherman got to know Sean Collier was, through his family. Sean Collier was always giving back to his community and helping the poor. Mrs. Collier, Sean’s mother, gave Wedge and Sherman a Collier Strong bracelet. I could hear the emotion in his voice as he described the sense of connection the bracelet symbolized between him and the Collier family. Wedge, still wears the bracelet to this day.

 

Several months after the tragic Boston marathon bombing, survivors, first responders and family members came together for an all-expense paid trip to France. While on a river cruise in Paris, the Boston Marathon survivors were able to open up and shared their stories of strength, loss, and hope. It was a journey that would connect them forever, and a memory Wedge and Sherman will never forget.

 

“Boston Strong" An Exclusive Interview with Author David Wedge

 

 

 

The book “Boston Strong – A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy.” became a huge success! So much so, that Wedge and Sherman were approached about a movie deal. But the both of them felt that it may be too soon-that people emotional wounds had not begin to heal. However, both men ultimately agreed to the movie deal, under the condition, that the team telling the story should be from Boston. The team would be able to give compelling, and accurate details of heroism, resiliency and stories of hope during such a dark moment in Boston’s history. The movie is schedule to start filming in Boston, spring of 2016 starring Mark Wahlberg, an actor and native to the Boston area.

 

During our interview he was reverent, empathetic, and put great emphasis on the resilience and sacrifice of those who lost their lives and endured unimaginable pain and suffering at the finish line on Boylston Street. The photos in the center of his book strike the perfect balance between reality, memories of those who lost their lives, and the optimism of smiling survivors as they continue their journey of recovery.

 

Written by Denny Debole; Edited by R.Stenberg 

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