To the Editors:
I would like to offer a follow-up and some clarification to my article “The Bomb Medic” in the January-February 2009 issue of Northwest Dentistry.
The scenario I presented in the first section of my article was a combination of real events that happened during the Republican National Convention held in Saint Paul last September. In other words, parts of that story, such as the types of I.E.D.s (Improvised Explosive Devices) encountered, were very close to the “unattended, suspicious packages” investigated. The location was extremely close to some of the “packages” investigated. I discovered I had guessed correctly on one of the examples hypothesized in my story. That gave even me a chill.
My story was built around actual things that happened, but was changed on purpose. The first reason was that I am not in a “need to know” position. Secondly, I would refuse to be a party to revealing the actual techniques used in the actual situations, as this would help the bad guys.
There were more than 30 investigations during the week of the RNC. They included unattended backpacks, suspicious vehicles, Molotov cocktails, as well as potential situations in other categories. Each was handled in a different manner. The real score that week was: Good guys - more than 30; terrorists - zero.
The report from which I am drawing this information came from an article in the professional journal of the International Association of Bomb Squad Technicians and Investigators written by a member of the Saint Paul Bomb Squad. I received a copy after I had written my initial article. You have no idea how fortunate we all are to have these dedicated professionals, technicians, and their wonderful dogs working to keep us safe. God bless all of them!
Frederick W. Nolting, D.D.S.
In the article “Because of You” in the January-February 2009 issue, on page 16, Ms. Jill Sink was incorrectly identified as a dental hygiene student. She is a dental student.