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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland firefighter and paramedic Matt Cox was at the finish line helping bombing victims at last year's Boston marathon, this year, he'll be running it.

Cox was a spectator last year. His wife's friend had just crossed the finish line and they were all walking away from the area when the bombs went off.

Once they figured out what had happened, Cox ran back to put his paramedic skills to work, helping in the triage tent at the finish line.

He says despite his training for mass casualty incidents, and the trauma he's seen as a paramedic, nothing could have prepared him for what he saw that day; what made it worse was knowing it was the result of a terrorist attack.

The Boston Athletic Association has opened more running slots this year than ever before for those who didn't finish the race last year and for those affected by the bombing. Cox knew he had to sign up, so he sent an application, and was accepted.

He'll be running for the Martin Richard charitable fund. He's still short of his goal and is hoping for a surge in donations before the race. If you'd like to help, click here.

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