Off-duty Route Warrior Protects Boston Citizens
Across the street from legendary Fenway Park on a mild Monday morning, Interstate Batteries® Route Sales Manager Matt Scheik, 24, directed traffic on for the annual Boston Marathon – unaware he was going to be one of the first responders to this decade’s most shocking act of terrorism.
And that fateful afternoon, Matt proved he was Outrageously Dependable® in both.
Matt and another service member felt the three-second tremor underfoot, a blast that took the lives of three spectators and injured 264 more. Chaos spread with rumors as bystanders and runners tried to figure out what was happening and find family members.
Within an hour, Matt’s company went from just 20 service members working the marathon to about 60 boots on the ground. They supported the Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State police, the FBI and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority as they searched for explosive devices, searched for high-profile individuals and filled in wherever rescue teams needed able-bodied. They even walked the crowd, just to reassure people with the presence of law enforcement.
IBS of Greater Boston was represented twice over at the marathon bombing. Delivery Driver Jack Hart was running in the marathon. Thankfully, he was uninjured in the attack.
Matt and his unit worked through the disaster for a week, arriving early and staying late. In five years with the National Guard, Matt’s unit has deployed for various reasons, from disasters like Hurricane Sandy to reinforcing security during Fourth of July parades.
“This probably was the most dangerous situation we’ve been in, but we adapt and overcome. That’s what we do,” he said.