IAmA 117th Boston Marathon Finish Line Volunteer. AMA
I was a volunteer at today's Boston Marathon. I was at the finish line and wound up sticking around to help with the emergency response. I'll post proof asap.
My friend and I were working over on the corner of St. James and Berkeley St, about one block from the finish after the final food area. We heard and felt two loud pops (think dropping a huge textbook onto a hardwood floor). She thought explosion immediately, I wrote it off as a something falling. A cluster of police near us immediately alerted and started checking their radios. We heard the words two explosions come out of the radios and saw them start sprinting towards the finish line, vaulting barricades on the way.
We immediately started to gather out volunteer team up in one location, my friend got people together, I jumped in and started clearing paths for the first ambulance and fire truck on the scene. When they passed, I went back to my group and coordinated with the captain to get them out and back to our university where they would be safe. They left, and I insisted on staying behind to keep helping with what I was doing. (I love these people all dearly and they did their absolute best already.)
I went back to the intersection and started helping clear paths for emergency response vehicles and coordinating the responses of the regular volunteers, medical volunteers, and worked with the police officer nearby to do whatever we could. It wound up being three hours of controlled chaos of directing runners, families, spectators, media, and constantly clearing the intersection on a moment's notice for what must have been over 100 emergency vehicles. When BPD was fully mobilised, the volunteers were dismissed, and I went home with the rest of the teams.
On Gold: Please don't. I don't ever use reddit anymore, this is a one off thing. Donate the money instead to Red Cross or some organisation that'll support the recovery.
Checking out for now, I'll check back in the morning. Stay strong Boston