Framingham State student helps victims after blast
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A Framingham State College student, who had crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon right before the blasts, ran to help injured victims.
“I was just past the finish line when it went off,” Robert Wheeler said.
For Robert Wheeler, the joy of finishing 26 miles quickly turned into terror.
“One of your happiest moments overclouded very quickly,” Wheeler said.
As many ran away from the explosions, the senior at Framingham State knew he had to do something.
“First thing I saw when I went into the blast zone, if you want to call it that, was a woman screaming, ‘Fix my dad, fix my dad,’” Wheeler said.
Wheeler quickly took off his shirt, using it to apply pressure on the man’s leg.
“I just tried to keep him calm as much for them as it was for me,” Wheeler said. “I asked them questions that had nothing to do with it. ‘What’s your name? Where are you guys from?’ … It kept them thinking about something else,” said Wheeler.
He never once thought of running away from the scene.
Wheeler says he wants to connect with the man he saved, whose name is apparently Ron.