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Claims that St. Louis EMT was at Boston Marathon bombing called into question

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Claims that Shawn Daniel, a paramedic, was at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 are being called into question. Credit: KMOV Claims that Shawn Daniel, a paramedic, was at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 are being called into question. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A social media post meant to honor a St. Louis first responder has gone viral, and now the Saint Louis Fire Department is investigating claims against the E.M.T featured in the post.  

Paramedic, Shawn Daniel told fellow first responders he was at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, where he says he ran to the scene to help.

Recently, Daniel was honored at a St. Louis Blues game.

The fire department posted an image of that ceremony on the department's Facebook page. In the Facebook post, the fire department says Daniel was "amongst the many emergency responders who ran towards the blast site to assist the injured" just after the bombing.  

At the time, Daniel was working for a private ambulance company. But a number of people started sharing the post and are questioning that claim.

News 4 is hearing from some of Daniel's own former colleagues in Boston who say they don't believe he was there. 

Fire department spokesman, Captain Garon Mosby tells News 4 the department is now conducting an investigation.

Matt Miner was Daniel's supervisor at his previous job and says if Daniel had responded to the bombing scene, he'd likely know. 

"It's not a good feeling at all because he misrepresents not only himself but the rest of us in the profession by making us all look bad," said Minder. 

Another co-worker with Daniel at the time, Jason Rector, a fellow critical care paramedic, released a statement:

I have been asked to resolve the inquiries regarding the involvement of Shawn Daniels regarding his involvement and my knowledge of his location during the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings. I regret the involvement of St. Louis City Fire Department because of their long standing tradition of excellent emergency response, patient care, and honorable service of the citizens of the city of St. Louis. I was part of a strike team deployed to the Northeast region with Shawn Daniels, specifically New Hampshire and Maine, in April of 2013, during which the Boston Bombings occurred. I can personally attest that no member of our strike team, including Shawn Daniels, was deployed to Boston before, during, or following the attacks in Boston. I can state with absolute certainty that at no time was I privy to Shawn's involvement or activation to respond to the attacks in Boston. Shawn was not among the courageous heroes designated to the marathon, which later became the front-lines of a terrorist attack. My goal is only to continue the recognition of those who put their lives on the line and dismiss those who falsely claim to have been among the dedicated responders who answered the call of duty. 

"I created the post, based on information I was provided and if it becomes apparent that any part of it was not accurate, that will be deleted, an apology issued and we'll go from there" Capt. Mosby said. 

News 4 spoke with Shawn Daniel Wednesday evening about the claims he lied about his efforts at the Boston Bombing. Daniel did not confirm or deny the allegations, only saying he had to refer all questions back to the St. Louis Fire Department spokesperson and the he had no comment. 

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