A Meriden native has been part of the heroic efforts by doctors and nurses after the two bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Brian French grew up in Connecticut and went to UConn. His family still lives in Meriden.
French, a nurse at Mass General Hospital, has been working 12-hour shifts over the last three days.
He activated the crisis center at the hospital, which provides counseling and psychological support for the families of the victims.
"Nurses have a role to play and we very quickly move into crisis mode," French said.
He spoke exclusively with NBC Connecticut on Wednesday and said the past few days have been challenging.
"I am struggling with the question of why, but again I know that my role right now is to help others," French said.
He said the patients and their families always come first, especially in a time like this.
"The family members and friends who came to our center felt very supported by the staff and a number have stopped by to say thank you for our support," French added.
Despite the long hours and stressful environment, it's the messages from Meriden that have helped him.
"I have felt incredibly supported," French said. "We truly, truly, truly are very thankful for the support that we're receiving from around the country and around the world."