7's Adam Williams sits down with Commissioner Davis
BOSTON (WHDH) -- 7News’ Adam Williams sat down with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in an exclusive interview you will only see on just one station.
“When you realized what happened, what did you feel? What did you say to yourself?” asked Williams.
“It was overwhelming. When I walked down ring road and I saw the scene at The Forum restaurant, the first scene, I could see two bodies at the scene, a significant amount of blood…clearly very bad injuries,” said Davis.
Davis looked back on what he calls the worst day of his law enforcement career: April 15, Marathon Monday.
“That first feeling of being overwhelmed was quickly replaced by a feeling of responsibility and duty,” said Davis.
In the heart of the city, two bombs were allegedly set off by two young brothers, Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev. Three innocent people were killed and hundreds more were injured.
The week of terror ended with the accused bombers identified and captured. Commissioner Davis spoke candidly about the week of the bombings.
“You were a lot of peoples’ rock, who was your rock during this time?” asked Williams.
Davis responded, “So many people. This was a tough event, but we had a tremendous team put together.”
Davis said he did seek counseling after the tragedy.
He also talked about being on the President’s short list to head the Department of Homeland Security.
“Being a guy from Lowell, did you ever think that you would be considered for anything by the President of the United States? What are your thoughts going forward here?” asked Williams.
“I never thought I’d be Police Commissioner so it’s hard to get this straight in my mind. It’s an incredible honor to have my name mentioned, but I think it’s very much a long shot,” said Davis.
“I get the sense you don’t want to talk about this too much, but I’m going to put you on the spot. Would you take the job?” asked Williams.
“If the President offers you a position, you certainly have to consider that. It’s not just an honor, it’s a duty I think that someone has,” responded Davis.
With the thought of going to Washington and the stress of leading the city’s police force, Williams asked Davis what he does to unwind.
“I do wood working. It gets my mind off things and it’s a very effective way to think about things other than the police department. I’ve got a bike at the house. I use that probably not as often as I should…I have a motorcycle but I also have a police bicycle and I take that out on occasion, ride around the city,” said Davis.