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Radford U expert says first responders wired to run into danger

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When nearly everyone was running out, first responders and volunteers were running toward the damage. Radford University criminal justice expert Dr. Tod Burke talked to us about the mindset of these heroes during the Boston Marathon tragedy.

"You're not only doing your training, but you're wired a certain way, it's just what's in that individual that sense I want to help, I'm going to help, and I'm going to make a difference," said Burke.

We also spoke to an RU professor who ran Monday's marathon, about his experience with volunteers. Justin Mosby and his wife Kirsten completed the race roughly an hour before tragedy struck

"You would see hundreds of college students, even at the end, helping with wheelchairs or with water stops or what not. So I think that history is really paramount in how you look at those who are running towards the help because it's kind of their event."

Dr. Burke says he is not surprised.

"You see in major disasters, that citizens also seem to be hard-wired in some sense and say I want to help, and I'm going to help."

"In a time you can easily not be the nicest, and certainly concerned for yourself, getting home and getting out of town, that certainly wasn't the case," said Mosby.

Many have called them heroic efforts in the face of disaster.

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