Firefighter: Finish line felt like a war zone
BOSTON (WHDH) -- After the blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon people from everywhere jumped in to help. Some Cambridge firefighters were among them.
“There are no words that can describe it. It was something like I’ve never seen. I’ve heard about it,” said Todd Koen, of the Cambridge fire department.
Ten Cambridge firefighters, eight from Beverly and one from Salem helped provide finish line security at the marathon when the celebration turned to chaos.
“It’s nothing we’ve really ever seen before and the next thing I knew we were just in the middle of everything -- we all reacted. Training kicked in. Just started getting people out of there, started helping the wounded,” said Lt. Eric Fowler, of the Beverly fire department.
The firefighters jumped into action to stabilize the victims. In one case performing CPR.
“As far as I know, I think it was traumatic arrest. I just happened upon the patient with my lieutenant and just began CPR on the victim,” said Matt McDonald of the Cambridge fire department.
As much as they train for moments like this, nothing could prepare them for what they experienced.
“It felt like a war zone…never encountered anything like this before. I’ve seen aftermaths of tragedies, but never had anything current,” said Michael Halloran of the Beverly fire department.
The firefighters, already a tight brotherhood, became even tighter in the wake of the blasts. They said they’ll be back next year on the finish line.