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Officials examine local security procedures

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For Yvonne McJetter, the tiny American flag on her shirt represents hope. 

"It means freedom, but freedom does not mean taking another person's life," said McJetter.

As a U.S. veteran, she's heartbroken over the bombing at yesterday's Boston Marathon.  It's another reminder of what could happen at any time, anywhere.  In Charlotte, Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Dulin says his team is using the tragedy as a learning lesson.

"We'll reach out and learn from what Boston experienced, we'll apply that here and make ourselves better for it," said Dulin.

Every year, firefighters along with police and medic, train on how to respond to a mass casualty situation. Officials say the training teaches first responders how to stay calm and avoid getting overwhelmed.

"Panther's games, Speed Street , the marathon , all the types of events we do here in Charlotte we always have a presence for fire, police and ems there," said Dulin.

Mass casualty response units are always on standby and equipped to treat up to 20 patients at a time. The goal is to setup and treat as many people as quickly as possible. McJetter says she feels confident in the city's security, but says safety can't always be guaranteed.

"You can't keep people save all the time, it's up to us as individuals as Americans to take care of each other, like they did yesterday, I saw people running to danger, not from danger, that's what we represent here, " said McJetter.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department issued the following statement Tuesday:

"The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department continues to monitor the events in Boston as details emerge. The public should be comforted in knowing that the CMPD is well trained and prepared to protect our community.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston following this senseless attack on humanity."

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