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Oregon doctor tends to wounded at marathon

Apr 16, 2013


By The Associated Press

PORTLAND — An Oregon physician didn't have any time to rest after completing the Boston Marathon.

Paul Pearson of Florence had just finished the race and was walking back to a hotel with his wife, Rachel, when they heard the first of two bomb explosions.

Rachel Pearson told KCST radio her husband put on his sweats and began to treat the wounded. She said everyone jumped in to help on what she described as “a day like no other.”

Pearson said she saw a woman charge out of a restaurant with a linen table cloth to help a young man who had blood flowing from his leg. She praised marathon organizers, saying it was obvious they had trained for this type of emergency.

Meanwhile, Doug Hull, a 46-year-old librarian at a Portland law firm, told The Oregonian he heard the initial explosion about a minute after getting a text message from his wife that said she had finished the race and was a few blocks away with family.

“All of a sudden it got quiet, dead quiet,” Hull said. “Then you started hearing the sirens. Then we saw cops running.”

Rumors flew and he worried about his wife.

“We were freaked out,” he said.

But he was able to meet up with her, and they walked the two miles to their hotel.

Hull said he doesn't want his wife to run any more marathons. “This is going to be her last one,” he said. “I'm telling you that right now.”

Though the marathon results were overshadowed by the tragedy, Oregon runners excelled. Portland-based Shalene Flanagan was the top American finisher in the women's race and placed fourth overall. Another Oregonian, Kara Goucher, finished sixth.

Craig Leon, of Eugene, finished 10th in the men's race — the third-fastest American.

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