A nurse at Tufts Medical Center in Boston is among the Midcoast connections to the Boston Marathon bombings more than a week ago.

Michael Brawn, son of Linda and Preston Brawn of Camden, is a 1989 graduate of Camden-Rockport High School. He has been a nurse at Tufts Medical Center for four years.

On April 15, he was finishing his shift when everything changed.

“I was scheduled to work 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the replacement shift had started to come in, then at 2:50 it happened,” said Brawn.

Brawn said the hospital went into lock down mode and for a time, he did not know what exactly had happened.

“I went into the break room after my shift and saw what was happening on television,” he said.

Then he was told to stand-by and be prepared. Brawn estimated the hospital is a mile and a half from where the bombings took place.

Specializing in orthopedic trauma, Brawn said hospital staff were told to expect patients immediately.

“We basically started taking in patients right away. Three people were brought in right from the bombing,” said Brawn.

“I was involved in three surgeries and the hospital saw nine people from the incident. I bounced around as best as I could and helped people,” Brawn said.

Throughout the course of the week, Brawn saw multiple surgeries related to injuries sustained during the bombings — most injuries were to the lower extremities, like leg wounds and skin graphs, he said.

Brawn said April 19 that between working the extra hours, staff shortages due to the lack of public transportation and citywide lock down, he was exhausted.

Shortly after his extended shift ended, the second suspect responsible for the bombings was apprehended.

“I’m glad they caught him,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to normal and resting up, hopefully,” said Brawn.

Brawn praised his wife Lesley and their dog Lucy for helping him through the troubling time. Both helped him with transportation and raised his spirits. He lives 10 miles away from the hospital.

“I’m glad I didn’t have to experience any death,” said Brawn, who added how brave and grateful everyone was.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.