Boston Marathon Heroes Seek Little Boy They Saved

Matt Patterson

Courtesy Matt Patterson

updated 04/19/2013 AT 1:40 PM ET

originally published 04/19/2013 AT 3:30 PM ET

When blasts rocked the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, many bystanders selflessly ran toward danger in an effort to save the injured.

Now, many of those same heroes are trying to reunite with those they helped to see if they’re okay.

Matt Patterson, 30, an off-duty firefighter from Lynn, Mass., north of Boston, is among those looking to reconnect after helping to save a little boy who lost a leg in the bombings.

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Patterson was in a nearby restaurant when the first bomb went off. “I knew it was bad when I heard it,” he tells PEOPLE. “Anybody who served knows that feeling. I knew it wasn’t right. It’s a very specific sound.”


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