With a heavy law enforcement presence, those living and working in Boston seem to be carrying on with their day-to-day activities with some normalcy, said Washington native Jason Dieckhaus and his wife, Molly.
The couple live just miles from Boston in the suburb of Weymouth, where they moved about three years ago. Weymouth was not locked down.
Both work in cities that were locked down Friday morning — Jason Dieckhaus at the JFK federal building in Boston and Molly Dieckhaus at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Cambridge.
Residents in Boston and surrounding cities were urged to stay indoors Friday as law enforcement searched for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Public transportation was closed and businesses were asked not to open after the suspects killed an MIT police officer Thursday night, injured a transit officer and threw explosive devices at police during an attempt to flee the area.
Following the Boston Marathon bombing Monday, Molly Dieckhaus said she felt a little uneasy traveling.
“I was kind of afraid to take the T (public transportation),” she said. Instead, she drove in to work.
“Driving in you could just see law enforcement everywhere, whether it was the FBI, the military or the Boston PD — they’re out and about for sure,” she said.
Driving by Allston, a neighboring town, she saw a small memorial for the victims and “Boston Strong” signs nearby.
Jason and Molly were both working from home Friday.
“I think ever since the incident on Monday, it’s been such a huge protection presence from law enforcement, not only from the surrounding area, but from out of state,” Jason Dieckhaus said. “There’s a sense of security when you’re out and about. It’s on everyone’s minds, but when you see the presence — it’s encouraging to go back to your normal life.”
Both agreed that they feel safe.
“But once this is over, we’ll feel more safe,” Molly Dieckhaus said.