Public safety personnel in Hingham were honored during the selectmen’s meeting Thursday night, for their life saving actions during the Boston marathon bombings.
Hingham Fire Chief Mark Duff awarded commendations to off-duty Firefighter Paramedic James Sheard, who, along with his wife Dr. Shannon Manzi, were stationed along the marathon route in Natick and responded to Children’s Hospital to take care of bombing victims.
Hingham Firefighter Paramedic Kaitlyn Shinney also received a commendation for her role in helping to save lives at the marathon finish line.
“With complete disregard for her own personal safety and awareness that additional explosives were possible, Firefighter Shinney immediately proceeded into the area of the explosions – “the hot zone” – then identified herself as a firefighter paramedic and began the process of triage and stabilizing patients. Her actions directly resulted in the saving of lives”, Fire Chief Duff said.
Kaitlyn was on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets near the finish line, when she rushed in with her brother to help the victims. Kaitlyn is modest about her heroism and also gives a lot of credit to her younger brother.
“I was on the corner of Exeter and Boylston talking to my brother – he was walking towards me – gratefully I was on the cell phone with him and then the first bomb went off. I was like, “Steven, where are you?” because he couldn’t see. Then the second bomb went off. He’s on all the repeat reels helping everyone. He’s a union electrician and he jumped right into action so, I give much more credit to him”, Kaitlyn explained.
Police Chief Michael Peraino also awarded commendations to Lieutenant John Norkaitis, Lieutenant David Jones, Sergeant David Horte and Patrolman Jeffrey Kilroy, for their work at the Boston Command Center, providing hospital security, participating in the search for bombing suspect number 2 and providing security for President Obama and Vice President Biden during their trips to Boston.