Yesterday was a terrible day for our community. Our colleagues at the Navy Yard experienced an incomprehensible act of violence that resulted in loss of life and disruption of everyday life for so many.
Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this senseless tragedy and the victims who are recuperating from their injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the many people traumatized by this long and frightening ordeal.
We are very appreciative of the bravery shown by the many first responders, who acted so selflessly to protect the people who live and work in the area. Our thanks cannot meet the measure of their courage and willingness to sacrifice for the safety of others.
DOT Headquarters with flags at half-mast; photo courtesy Arthur Dexter.
We are further grateful for the help provided by DOT employees yesterday to our Navy Yard colleagues.
I'm also very grateful that no one at DOT Headquarters was hurt, and I'm proud of the professionalism that everyone at DOT showed by remaining calm and patient throughout the day.
We at DOT share with our Navy Yard colleagues a commitment to public service. Today, we will do our best to return to that commitment.