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About two-thirds of the region’s Medical Reserve Corps volunteers have medical backgrounds, including more than 1,000 nurses and almost 550 doctors. Other volunteers fill nonmedical roles, often helping to run shelters or provide transportation.
A few years ago, the corps started working with the Boston Athletic Association, and have been escorting runners who need medical assistance after completing the Boston Marathon.
“It’s a mass casualty event,” Jackson said. “There’s thousands and thousands and thousands of people that are coming to the finish line, they just ran 26 miles.”
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