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Boston EMS says everyone worked together after bombing

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BOSTON (WHDH) - While there are many stories of loss that go along with the Boston Marathon bombing there are also a multitude of heroic stories.

Members of Boston EMS were some of the first responders on the scene and they helped save many lives.

“The first explosion came and we were all stunned, like 'what is going on?'” Boston EMS Rafael Del Razo said.

As most people rushed away, the dozens of paramedics and EMTs close to the finish line hurried towards the explosions.

Kim Horne and her partner came across their first patient, a young woman with a deep gash on her leg.

“I told her we were going to take care of her, she was kind of fading out a little bit. I told her to hang tight and we were going to take care of her,” Horne said.

Due to the amount of serious injuries ambulances were at a premium.

“The biggest problem we had was we needed ambulances. The ambulance would come and the crowd would converge and the ambulances were taken up quickly,” Lt. Thomas Tynes said.

But the patients themselves helped organize the triage.

“There were a couple of times you heard, 'I'm ok, take this one, they're worse than me,’” Joanne Dance said.

Every one of the 130 people put in ambulances that day survived; a point of pride for the department, although they're quick to pass the credit on.

“The emergency room was just organized chaos, but I knew they were making it work, they were making it hum. We are just spoiled here in Boston with the caliber of our medical institutions,” Paul Hughes.

Many members of EMS followed up with the patients they have treated and still keep in touch.

“I see her and think she is amazing. Her mom was also injured to see how far they've come is amazing,” Horne said.

This year, as the department plans their positioning for the race, many members said it was tough to think about being at the end of the race, but they all came to the same conclusion.

“Whatever happened last year and whatever they tried to do will not affect us. We are not afraid and we will be there,” Del Razo said.

Boston EMS will have 140 members on hand for the race this year, many will be at or near the finish line.
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