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St. Petersburg firefighter-paramedic helps blast victims

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Veteran St. Petersburg Firefighter-paramedic, Jim Cunningham was in Boston to cheer on his wife, Mary, who was running in the Boston Marathon for the first time.  He saw the first blast, but thought it could be a transformer blowing up. But when he got closer, the second blast went off only 15 yards from where he was standing with his 13 year old daughter, Ann.

A building shielded him from the blast. He put Ann into the nearby Lennox Hotel and went to work helping people. "I was just telling people where to press and what to do because it was pretty graphic, as far as the injuries go, a lot of blast injuries. Things like that, amputations, that kind of thing" said Cunningham.  His almost 3 decades of experience paid off, as he instructed people what to do on the sidewalk. "There was people taking off their shirts making tourniquets out of their clothes" he said.

Cunningham is home now, but the event has affected him.  He said he had to stop after getting off a flight at the Orlando airport.  He needed time to collect himself after experiencing such a tragedy. 

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