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Apr 16, 2013 12:18 PM by NBC News

Off duty Army soldiers rush to help victims of Boston blasts

(WHDH) Soldiers who had recently returned from battle overseas weren't far from the blast near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The soldiers said they were about 50 yards away. While everyone else was in shock, many running away, they ran in to help.

When the explosions went off, training took over for the soldiers.

"Two bombs went off. We helped...we were picking them up, putting pressure on wounds. A lot of people were hurt and we just ran as fast as we could down here to give blood," said Jeff Curtis, a soldier.

The soldiers said they expected things like this overseas, but not in Boston.

After already serving their country, the two soldiers ran to Mass General Hospital to give blood to protect those who no longer could protect themselves.
"We ran from the finish line down here just to give blood," said Curtis.

A doctor at MGH said there is not a blood shortage, but people who want to donate -- especially in the coming days -- are encouraged to do so.

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