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News 4 Investigates: Paramedic admits to lying about being at scene of Boston Marathon Bombing

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Shawn Daniel was honored at a recent Blues game for his made up story about assisting during the Boston Marathon bombings. (Credit: St. Louis Blues) Shawn Daniel was honored at a recent Blues game for his made up story about assisting during the Boston Marathon bombings. (Credit: St. Louis Blues)
The first statement released on Facebook commending the EMT. (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department) The first statement released on Facebook commending the EMT. (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

He claimed to have rushed towards the Boston bombings to help victims but now, officials say the St. Louis paramedic confessed to lying about it all and he's off the job Tuesday.

This all started with a Facebook post from the St. Louis Fire Department complimenting this paramedic on his claims of heroic actions.

Last month, Shawn Daniel let the St. Louis Fire Department give him credit on their Facebook page for quote "being among those who ran towards the blast site to assist the injured" after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Now, that post has been deleted and the St. Louis Fire Department said Daniel admitted he made it up.

The department sent us a statement saying Daniel provided false information, saying clearly, he “was never on scene and did not provide any medical assistance.”

It all started to unravel after Daniel’s former coworkers came forward casting serious doubt on his story.

Daniel even told members of the St. Louis Fire Department that he could be seen in the trailer for the movie Patriots Day.  However, the Boston Fire Department said that the person depicted is one of them.

The department declined to go on camera Tuesday saying the issue is an on-going internal personnel matter.

We tried to reach Daniel for comment, but didn't hear back. The department's statement, though, said he apologizes for lying and for "bringing undo press and bad publicity onto the department."

The department is also apologizing to their “brothers and sisters in the first responder community who were rightfully offended and angered by all this.”

For now, Daniel is still an employee of the department and is on his own personal leave.

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