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    Posted April 20, 2013 by
    Taunton, Massachusetts
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    Boston Marathon bombings: Your stories

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    Father is Boston Terrorism Detective


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     katelyncat a resident of Taunton, Massachusetts, a town outside of Boston, says the day she heard about the Boston Marathon bombing, her heart sank. She knew somewhere amidst the chaos of the race her dad was there. Her father, Detective David Cataldo from the Boston Police Department, was working the marathon that day -- he usually works large events in the city. When she was finally able to reach her father hours after the bombing over the phone, she knew that it would be nonstop work for him.

    'He was pulling 12 hour days or more this week,' she explained. She says hearing the news about the arrest of the second bomb suspect came as a huge relief after an unnerving week of worrying about her father and the city of Boston.

    My whole family was jumping up and down when we found out he was captured. It was pure relief that this guy couldn't cause any more harm,' she said. The whole experience was highly emotional for her. 'This hit home. I appreciate everyone who was involved with this search. All the cops, the firefighters, all the people, they have been so inspirational. It makes you realize that there are good people out there willing to fight and defend and that is a good feeling.'
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    My father is a Boston Detective out of Headquarters in the terrorism unit. He has been on the force for 26 years and is truly an inspiration and hero to many. He was working the Boston Marathon on Monday and when i heard he was working, my heart sank. A million thoughts ran through my mind. I found out later that he was ok but I still had an ill feeling. This hit close to home. He has been working around 120 hours this week ( along with thousands of others) and was there yesterday when the suspect was caught.  would like for him and the other law enforcement, fire fighters, medical personal etc to be recognized for their heroism and bravery during this horrific time. I love him very much and dont know what I would do if something happened to him. EVERYONE has a hero in their life and I am blessed to call mine "Dad". He is an inspiration to many especially his son Nicholas and myself. Thank you very much and God bless!! BOSTON STRONG
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