First Responders Mark Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

John Andersen, and his wife, Laurie, who are volunteers with the Boston Marathon medical tent. (Ibby Caputo/WGBH)

Vice President Joe Biden is among 3,000 people who are expected to attend a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings today. The victims, their families, and the survivors of last year’s attack will be honored at a memorial service at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center.

The first responders who saved countless lives last year with their swift actions following the bombings will also be remembered.

Among those first responders are John and Laurie Andersen. For the past 20 years, the couple has volunteered at the marathon medical tent near the finish line of the race. John, a middle school science teacher, is the medical tent coordinator, and his wife Laurie is a charge nurse in the emergency room at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Over the years, the Andersens and the other marathon volunteers have helped plenty of runners suffering with cramps and dehydration, but after last year’s bombings, the marathon medical tent where they worked was transformed into a makeshift emergency room.

John and Laurie Andersen discuss their experiences at last year’s Boston Marathon and their decision to volunteer again at this year’s race. 

Guests:

John Andersen and Laurie Andersen

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

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