PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It was only a little over a week ago when two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon.
What America saw in the wake of the terrorist attack in Boston is burned into our collective consciousness. The good in all of us first asked why did this happen?
That quickly turned into how can we help?
Included in that group, people whose life’s work it is to help people – the City of Pittsburgh’s paramedics.
“Our job is taking care of people and this was a no-brainer. Our folks said ‘What can we do?’ Everybody wanted to help and this developed,” Tony Weinmann from the Pittsburgh Paramedics Union said.
A conspiracy of kindness is what has gathered a lot of support.
“It’s up to 37 and more people are jumping on board donating all their hours working at the marathon. It’s about a 10-hour day for our men and women,” Weinmann said.
This growing number of first responders putting Boston victims first will be running a lot marathon day to assist runners.
“It’s over 300 man hours so it’s a lot of time. At least $10,000,” Weinmann said.
In addition to what is an incredible act of generosity by Pittsburgh Paramedics, they’re going to be doing something else on marathon weekend.
Normally, you’d put hypodermic needles and razors in special boxes to be safely disposed of later.
However, some very good things will be going into those boxes on marathon weekend as part of the Stuff the Sharps campaign.
“All the trucks will be going out on duty in the neighborhoods throughout the city collecting donations in the Stuff the Sharps campaign,” Weinmann said. ”Once were done with the marathon collecting, we’ll get it all together, 100 percent of all proceeds go right to the victims.”