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The St. Louis Fire Department has an update on a story we first told you about last month where an investigation was underway over a claim that a paramedic training officer with the department had assisted with the injured at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The department issued a statement yesterday (below) confirming this was a case of stolen valor and that Shawn Daniel had provided false information to the department. The statement indicates Daniel apologized for his actions.
Daniel, who was recently honored at a St. Louis Blues hockey game for his public service, including his claim of heroics, even showed his bosses at the St. Louis Fire Department a photo he claimed showed was of him tending to the wounded in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks as proof.
The department found that Daniel falsely claimed he ran to the scene and was instructed by the National Guard to move patients. St. Louis Fire officials say they determined Daniel was never on scene and did not provide any medical assistance to bombing victims.
The St. Louis Fire Department also determined that the photo Daniel showed his bosses was actually of a Boston firefighter treating an injured civilian at the finish line — something FOX25 reported last month after Investigative Reporter Eric Rasmussen went to Missouri in search of answers.
On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings, Daniel was working in New Hampshire as a paramedic for a private ambulance company, American Medical Response.