A podiatrist who grew up in the Iowa Lakes area was among the first emergency responders when two bombs went off Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The blasts killed three people and injured at least 175 others. Kirk Neustrom was working at the finish line medical tent, as he's done the last 19 years, when he heard "a loud boom."
One of the first victims the 53 year old Neustrom encountered was badly wounded.
Neustrom says he won't let the tragedy prevent him from working at future Boston Marathons.
He is an avid runner himself, and grew up in Okoboji. Neustrom has lived in West Des Moines the last 21 years.
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