, Salem, MA

April 23, 2013

Moment of silence honors bombing victims


---- — DANVERS — At 2:50 p.m. yesterday, with traffic rolling by on High Street, Danvers firefighters observed a moment of silence marking exactly one week since the first blast of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The observation at the Danvers Fire Department headquarters on High Street almost did not happen. At 2:34 p.m., they were called to the Target store at the Liberty Tree Mall on a report of a smoking electrical outlet. After answering the call, the firetrucks rolled back at 2:48 p.m., just in time for the firefighters of Group 2 to line up and be led in a moment of silence by Capt. Bob Pyburn.

In Danvers Square, veteran and retired Danvers Patrolman Jim George marked the moment with hand-lettered signs duct-taped to a folding table, reading “Pray for the Boston Marathon Victims.” It’s the same spot where George stands on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m., collecting donations for Operation Troop Support, the Danvers-based charity that provides gift packages to military men and women serving overseas.

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce put out an email urging business leaders to “take a moment today at 2:50 p.m. to pay your respects for those lost or hurt during the bombing last Monday” and included a link to The One Fund Boston, the charity set up to help victims of the bomb blasts.