BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As you've followed the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings, you've likely the photo of a race volunteer, pushing a wheelchair carrying an injured man. That volunteer is an LSU student trainer, who was part of a group of trainers helping out at the finish line.
As news broke of the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, LSU's senior associate athletic trainer, Shelly Mullinex, says a wave of emotions came over her. Mullinex says three student trainers and one of her colleagues went to the marathon to get additional experience treating athletes at large sporting events.
"Athletic trainers don't typically don't shy away from this kind of stuff. We would actually be the first people running toward it, which is what I hear they did. I heard that the blast went off and they ran towards it," said Mullenix.
She says two of the students were stationed just past the finish line and the third, Derek Carter, was right near the viewing stand that collapsed as the bombs went off. The photograph of the first-year LSU student has been seen on many national media outlets, and it shows him helping an injured man to safety.
"You're humbled by the fact that they're your kids," said Mullinex. "You're scared because in some ways these are kids that could be our own children. And you're proud at the same time that they were there to help."
Mullenix says she's happy her LSU family is safe and were there when they were needed the most.
"Athletic trainers are typically prepared to handle emergencies...whether it's an ACL tear that's on the field or a concussion...to something that tragic," said Mullinex.
The group from LSU is staying with a Boston-based family member of one of the students. They'll be headed back to Baton Rouge on Wednesday.