Many first aid volunteers returned to marathon finish line - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Many first aid volunteers return to finish line

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Nearly 2,000 medical volunteers are at the finish line of the Boston Marathon to help provide physical and emotional support to those in need, many were in the same spot last year.

The weather was cooler and therefore better suited for running, but when the bombs went off at the finish line the volunteers were tested in ways they never could have imagined.

“It turned to pure chaos. We really had to call on all of our wits and resources,” Erin Parker, a nurse from the Lahey Clinic, said.

For those who are returning after last year they said it was something they had to do.

“It’s a good hard. It’s something I had to do. I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I didn’t come back. Nobody is going to ruin this day for me” Parker said.

The 400 beds and 2,000 volunteers make the medical tent at the finish line the largest emergency room in the city on race day.
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