Off-duty firefighter rescues marathon bombing victim
BOSTON (WHDH) -- 7News spoke with the off-duty Lynn firefighter who rushed to rescue an injured six-year-old girl whose brother, Martin Richard, was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Matt Patterson was inside a restaurant eating with friends near the finish line when he heard the two explosions. Incredible video shows Patterson in the red, run into the street to save the little girl.
"For some reason, just tunnel vision. I just focused on this one little boy. Who I thought was a boy, turned out to be a little girl," said Matt Patterson.
The little girl was 6-year-old Jane Richard, the sister of 8-year-old Martin Richard; the youngest victim killed in the marathon bombings.
"She's just sitting there, right in the middle of Boylston Street, nothing's happening, just in her own little world and I can see that she's hurt,” Patterson said.
Patterson immediately runs over to a man on the sidewalk and asks for his belt to use as a tourniquet. Another man asks Patterson what he can do to help.
"I say, ‘this girl's in trouble, we need to move her,’" Patterson said.
They look down the street and could see help on the way.
"Grab the tourniquet I scooped her up, we ran about a block to incoming ambulances and fire trucks,” said Patterson.
"That little girl will probably make it and be okay and have a second chance. That's a good feeling, just for that family, knowing that tragic day and that awful incident, they can take something good. That she was saved from what should have been,” Patterson said.
Patterson has been with the Lynn Fire Department for almost 10 years.