Back from Boston, LSU trainer still dealing with aftermath
BATON ROUGE - Trainer Ray Castle and three student trainers from LSU went to the Boston Marathon to aide with those running the race, but their work quickly went from a controlled situation to a scene of chaos when the two bombs exploded just seconds apart.
Castle was about ten yards passed the finish line when the first bomb exploded. He was first surprised but responded quickly to the scene when he could see people injured.
He can be seen in video from the scene cutting down the gates to get to victims. That's where he says his mind goes blank.
"I just remember thinking to myself of crap I'm running into a bomb site. That's the last thing I remember, it was about fifty meters and then it just kind of went into hyper drive. I don't remember running to the fence line where it
was," said Castle.
During Tuesday's interview, Castle asked to not talk about what kind of injuries he saw. He referred to those situations as "red lights".
"It just takes time. I may never get those memories back and I'm fine if I don't," he said. "It's probably better if I didn't know what they were. It's for a reason."
He did talk about dealing with the experience and how he's watched very little media coverage of the aftermath.
When he finally was able to gather his thoughts nearly two hours after the bombings, his first concern turned to his family and the students who were there as well, he said.
"Getting my three students home and giving my wife a hug and they had to have the same thing," he said.
The three student trainers are doing well. None of them were injured, and all three treated victims after the bombings.
All of the students declined to talk during the press conference.