In West, Texas, a small town of a few thousand people faced a tragedy of almost unimaginable proportions and came out shining.
The medical director of the county, a physician, worked tirelessly despite the injuries he received when a tank full of anhydrous ammonia exploded, destroying a nursing home and leveling a large section of the town.
Volunteer firemen and medical first responders had walked straight into hell to protect others. Many paid with their lives.
As in Boston, the ordinary people of West worked shoulder to shoulder with city, county, state and federal officials to get the injured to treatment.
The sheer competence of so many people was a sight to behold.
The cause of the Texas explosion has not been determined, but the effect of the horror was the same as in Boston.
In both places, the selflessness of people took the breath away. So many to admire. So much to emulate.
In a world that comes fully equipped with unintended tragedy, evil can't compete, and never will.