Off-Duty Lynn, Massachusetts Firefighter/Paramedic Goes from Eating at Restaurant to Saving a Life at Boston Marathon Bombing

Off-duty firefighter Matt Patterson immediately applied a tourniquet to 7-year old Jane Richard and got her to an ambulance after the Boston Marathon bombing, helping to save her life.

Matt Patterson, a suburban Boston firefighter, said he had tunnel vision and immediately went to work with a tourniquet on the first victim he saw — the sister of fatally injured Martin Richard. Matt Patterson, 30, a firefighter/paramedic from Lynn, MA was in a restaurant when the two bombs went off, when he instinctively ran to Jane Richard’s side. She immediately told the off-duty firefighter that her name was Jane.

Martin Richard’s mother and his 7-year-old sister were among the more than 260 others wounded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Jane Richard’s life was saved because of the fast action to apply a tourniquet to her leg amputated by the blast of a bomb.

Martin Richard, 8, was buried Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at a private funeral Mass.

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