Boston bombing: An update on the people in the iconic images
04/16/2013 5:54 PM
05/20/2014 10:42 AM
The Boston Marathon blasts produced haunting, unforgettable images of victims and bystanders who rushed to help those around them. Here is an update on some of those victims and first responders.
Young blast victim loses both legs
By The Associated Press
BOSTON — The father of a man who was photographed being pushed away from the Boston Marathon bombing in a wheelchair says his son has had both legs amputated. Jeff Bauman says his son, 27-year-old Jeff Bauman Jr., is the man in an Associated Press photo taken shortly after the bombing. His father says on his Facebook page that his son had to have both lower limbs removed at Boston Medical Center because of extensive vascular and bone damage. He says his son also had to have another surgery because of fluid in his abdomen. Bauman says his son was there to watch his girlfriend run. She was not hurt. He says his son was in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Editor's note: A Facebook page has been set up to help Bauman: Jeff Bauman Jr. Support Page- Boston Victim. There is a post asking for donations to a fund through www.gofundme.com. The latest update reports he is in stable condition and doing better after a second surgery to treat the fluid buildup in his abdomen. The New York Times provides a complete story of the Bauman family here.)
The man in the cowboy hat: Marathon
By Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald
One of the most searing and iconic images of Monday’s bomb blasts in Boston is a long-haired man wearing a cowboy hat, comforting a traumatized victim who appeared to have lost his legs in one of the explosions.
The man in the hat is named Carlos Arredondo, and he is being heralded as a hero who, ironically has spent most of the last decade grieving over his own son’s death serving our country in the fight against terrorism.
Alex Arredondo, 20, was killed in Iraq in 2004. When the military team arrived at Arredondo’s home in Hollywood to deliver the news, the Costa Rica native, devastated, torched the military van with a can of gasoline. He was hospitalized for months with second-degree burns.
The incident made national headlines, and spurred a debate over whether he should be charged with a crime. (He wasn’t.)
He recovered and became a peace activist and grieved publicly over the loss of his son by displaying makeshift memorials, a mobile flag-draped coffin bearing the uniform, dog tags, and Purple Heart of his son.
“As long as there are Marines fighting and dying in Iraq, I’m going to share my mourning with the American people,” he told The New York Times six years ago.
In the years since, Arredondo, now 52, continued working as a peace activist, traveling around the country, organizing protests and supporting other activists’ efforts to end war. Originally from New England, he returned to the Boston area to be closer to his 24-year-old son Brian, who was despondent over the loss of his brother.
In December 2011, Brian Arredondo committed suicide.
That same year, a post office in Jamaica Plain, Mass. was named in honor of Alex Arredondo, who grew up nearby. Before enlisting in the Marines out of high school, he had moved to Hollywood to live with his father.
Arredondo was at the Boston Marathon cheering for a friend who was running in his sons’ memory. He was just steps away from where the first bomb exploded, witnessing much of the carnage.
His actions mirrored his own son’s heroism as Arredondo grabbed a wheelchair and began pushing a victim toward ambulances, while holding the man’s bleeding leg.
“I kept talking to him. I kept saying, ‘Stay with me, stay with me,’ ”a trembling Arredondo told The Portland Press Herald afterward.
(Editor's note: The Washington Post provides another story about Arredondo here.)
hero has known pain of loss
The 78-year-old runner knocked down by the blastBy The Associated Press
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