A Derry paramedic has been hailed as a hero for his life-saving work during last night's Manchester bomb attack.

Harry White, originally from Strathfoyle, was about to go to bed at his Manchester home last night when he received a call telling him to report for work.

The former Oakgrove Integrated College pupil explained how his night unfolded.

"We were told to come in straight away as there was an explosion and a major incident was ongoing," Harry explained.

"We followed the plans that were in place and went to the scene, which was chaos.

"It's the biggest job we've been involved in but we all knew it was a possibility that something like this could happen."

Harry talked about what happened at the scene.

"We were treating people caught in the explosion so that they could be taken to hospital. There were police everywhere with machine guns," he said.

"I didn't really take it in at the time. There were items of clothing strewn everywhere. People's t-shirts, jacket and police helmets.

"We treated people with shrapnel wounds. Many of them had nails and screws embedded in their skin.

"People began to find out that their friends or family members had been killed and the scene was very traumatic.

"Everyone was in shock, people couldn't comprehend what was going on around them.

"We were also aware that their was the possibility of further attacks. Police were carrying out controlled explosions and there were reports of gun shots."

After a long night of treating people Harry was relieved at 5am.

"I came on at 11pm and we were sent home at 5am," he said.

"In that time we helped get 59 people to hospital. Everyone was trying to help people. Hotels opened their doors to people and McDonalds provided people with free food and drinks.

"There was great community spirit."

Harry now has a few days off before he return to work.

"I am back in on Thursday night so I have a period to de-stress," he explained.

"We have been offered counselling and all the appropriate support has already been put in place.

"At the moment I'm more tired and frustrated than anything else. We always knew an attack like this was a possibility but it is shocking it occurred at an event with such a high number of kids."

Harry talked about the atmosphere in Manchester today.

"It's very sombre, there isn't much happening in the streets," he said.

"It's going to take the city awhile to recover from this, the Arndale bombing is still talked about and obviously this is 100 times worse. It will be felt for years to come.

Harry reflected on the night's events.

"I'll never forget what I've seen," he said.

"The most shocking aspect is it was just young people going to a concert, children waiting to meet their parents."

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