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Trip to Boston Becomes Tragedy for Sisters

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Noel Tucker and Pam Koenig, sisters from Oklahoma, even lived there during the Oklahoma bombing of 1995, decided to take a trip to the big city of Boston.

"It was my first Boston," said Tucker. "I was really enjoying it, taking in all the sights and activities."

Tucker's sister, Koenig, was doing just that, but from the finish line. That's where she waited in the cold nearly four hours to greet her sister. Unfortunately, that never happened.

"I was literally a half mile from the finish line, getting ready to turn onto Boyleston, which is the street the finish line is on and right before we got there, the police shut us down," said Tucker.

Tucker didn't know why she was being stopped. At the time, police weren't saying. However, her sister did.

Koenig was just fifty yards away from the first explosion.

"I heard the explosion and saw the smoke bellowing out and you know, obviously was stunned. Everybody around me was stunned," said Koenig. "Nobody was screaming or anything. I think everybody was shocked that anything had happened."

A half mile down the road from Koenig, Tucker was now noticing helicopters hovering above and hearing sirens.

That's when she realized tragedy had struck again. You see, being a trained medic with the Red Cross, Tucker helped first responders care for victims of the Oklahoma bombing.

This, she started to think, could be Oklahoma all over again.

"We learned there was an explosion, a couple of explosions. At the time, I wasn't worried about my safety, wasn't worried what was happening to me. What I was worried about was the fact my sister was at the finish line," said Tucker.

Koenig said a short time later, she got a text from her daughter in Oklahoma letting her know someone with a phone, who was running with her sister, had texted them back home to let everybody know she was okay.

"I was bent, doubled over crying with relief. I had a couple guys come up to me and asking if I was alright. I just couldn't get it out hardly other than saying she's okay, she's okay, she's okay."

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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