What makes this even more horrible is that there are many, many, many people who are affected by a tragedy like this including, but not limited to, the First Responders to the scene - the police, fire, and medical personnel who responded to the call for help and arrived to find a critically wounded child whom they wanted to help more than they wanted anything in their lives at that time.
Two of my good friends, Amy and Andrew, were very involved with this call as Amy was one of the EMTs who got to the scene first as part of the ambulance crew working in Jewett City and Andrew was the paramedic that we at American dispatched to the call for a higher level of care. Both of these people are extreme professionals and very good at their jobs but both of them were very affected by this tiny life that they did their very best to save but who later succumbed to his wounds.
My thoughts and prayers are certainly with the family of young Wyatt Matteau as they try to come to grips with this horrible, horrible tragedy but my thoughts and prayers are also with my friends who will forever have an image of this horrible day burned into their memories. May you both find comfort and peace in knowing that you did everything you possibly could to help this young child and that you did your best.
All who responded to that horrible scene did the very best they could and I applaud all of the First Responders and thank them for doing a job that I know I could never do. You may not have been able to save this child but think of the countless lives you have touched and the care you have given to so many others. It's most definitely not an easy job but someone has to do it and I thank you for taking on the challenge.