The quiet Scandinavian country of Norway was rocked with the deadliest attack since World War 2 last July when police say 32-year-old extremist Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb in Oslo and then went on a shooting spree on the island of Utoya, less than one hour away.
In Oslo, the car bomb in front of the Prime Minister’s office killed 8 people and injured 89 others. Less than two hours later, the alleged gunman killed 69 people and injured another 62 others at a summer camp.
The trial for Breivik gets underway on April 16th.
On that frightening, sad and deadly day in Norway, there was no doubt a lot of scared people not knowing what to do to stay alive or help those that were injured or dying.
During the summer camp massacre, lesbian couple Hege Dalen and her wife Toril Hansen risked their lives helping to rescue 40 bloodied young people, some in shock, from the water and on land in their boat on Lake Tyrifjorden.
The “Helsingin Sanomat” newspaper, the largest in the Nordic countries, reported that the couple were having dinner on the opposite shore of the campsite when they heard gunfire and screaming on the island.
Dalen says, “we were eating. Then shooting and then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake.”
While the rescue was taking place, the couple realized that bullets had hit the right side of the boat.
Once the attack was over and the police had taken control of the situation, that’s when reality set in for the couple that didn’t think twice to take part in the resuce efforts. Dalen adds, “We did not sleep last night at all.”
Thankfully, the Norwegian government publicly acknowledged the couple’s actions.
And, today, I want to bring attention to their efforts since the upcoming trial will unearth all of those sad, horrible images of lost and injured loved ones on July 22, 2011.