A heroic off-duty firefighter discovered the lifeless body of Martin Richard, 8, after the Boston Marathon bombing, and tried desperately to save the young boy. Tragically, his CPR efforts could not revive the innocent victim.
Martin Richard Dead — Matt Patterson Tries To Save His Life
After carrying another young boy a block-and-a-half to medical attention, Matt heroically rushed back to the blast site to help rescue innocent victims. There, he saw the small body of little Martin, and realized he had not survived the bomb explosion. He tells the Daily Mail:
We just knew he was gone. He had very serious, serious injuries… There was nothing in his eyes.
Matt and other Good Samaritans tried desperately to help the little boy any way they could. He adds:
When I reached him, there were just people helping as best they could. His clothes were torn and charred. I can’t say if they were ripped from the blast or from people trying to save him.
The firefighter then administered two breaths of CPR to Martin, and covered the lifeless body with a sheet.
Boston Marathon Bombing: Explosion Kills Martin Richard, 8
Martin was waiting at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 to watch his dad finish the race. He reportedly rushed out to the street to hug his dad as he crossed the finish line, and rejoined his mom Denise Richard and sister, 6, on the sidelines.
The bombs then went off, and one of the explosions killed Martin. His mom suffered severe injuries, and his sister reportedly lost a leg in the blast.
Such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with Martin and the victims’ families during this horrifying time.