By Nadia Trinidad, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
April 19, 2013
BOSTON–On Wednesday night , Angel Matteo, a Boston Marathon volunteer, said he was on his way to a stress debriefing.
“I haven’t been to a war or something but this seems to be like that,” said Matteo.
Nurse Eden Gianan admitted that behind her smiles was an overwhelming sense of sadness.
“I’m in shock and I just go to work and I’m always in tears,” said Gianan.
And Tricia Pimentel said that from here on she will never look at Boston, the city she calls home for 20 years the same way again.
Pimentel may not know the other two Filipino-Americans, but a single tragedy binds all of them.
Gianan, who is the president of the Philippine Nursing Association of New England, and Matteo were both volunteers at the medical tent at the Monday’s Boston marathon.
Matteo, who started his day giving first aid to sore dehydrated runners, ended up treating bloodied victims with missing limbs.
“Blood all over the place; left and right. You don’t even think about fear, you see them coming to you in shock,” said Matteo.
Gianan was attending to a runner when the explosion happened.
“After that then that life is really special. Like now every minute that I have to forgive stuff that, “said Gianan.
Pimentel was there to watch the prestigious race—as she does every year– because it’s in her neighborhood.
She lives a few blocks away from the finish line and said she was lucky enough to have left an hour before the bomb went off.
“Boston, I feel, is the safest town and it’s just never going to be the same,” said Pimentel.
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