WATERTOWN (CBS) – It remains one of the most inspiring scenes from a terrible week. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody following a long standoff and the people of Watertown, free to walk their streets, ran outside to scream their thanks to an exhausted police force.
“After it was like a party! We were all outside, the flag in our hand,” Watertown resident Hayas Nazaryan recalled.
“That’s my most vivid memory, my favorite memory,” Chief Ed Deveau said.
For Watertown’s chief of police 12 months hasn’t diluted a thing.
“It was just an incredible feeling to see the support that we got,” Chief Deveau said. “And I still get choked up about it to think that people lined the streets from Watertown Square to Kenmore Square thanking law enforcement for all we did that day.”
For hours, the city was on lockdown as teams went door to door looking for the younger Tsarnaev.
Lenny Fernandes lives a few houses down from where he was eventually caught. A year later, and his memory’s still fresh. “Then three a.m., SWAT knocking at my door, dude was about like seven feet tall, I think it was the boots, I don’t know. He comes in with an M-4 and he’s like ‘can I check your house for a criminal?’ And I think, sure, search my house, take my cat, I’m OK!”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports