“She wasn’t down long,” Patterson said.
Patterson, who had been at the beach since 11:30 a.m., said that she was merely in the right place at the right time, and once she heard the call for help, she did what she was trained to do as a cardiac surgery physician’s assistant. She works at North Shore Medical Center in Salem.
Patterson’s instincts were on display in April when she was one of the first emergency personnel to race to the aid of those injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. Patterson, along with two of her Newburyport friends, Courtney Luck and Dr. Jennifer Finch, were stationed inside the marathon’s medical tent when two bombs were detonated within a minute of each other, killing three people and wounding hundreds more. The trio, along with dozens of EMTs, paramedics, doctors, nurses, firefighters and police officers, rushed into the chaos to aid the injured.