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Friday, April 19, 2013

Boston - Heroes Both

From Ann W., Key West Global Rumblings correspondent:

Both the man who is being credited with saving the Boston bomber  victim's life, and the victim himself, are heroes in my eyes. 

According to reports, the now iconic photo shows a man being wheeled to the ambulance - his life saved by the quick thinking of another who lost his son to Iraq. When the victim awoke, he told the FBI that the bomber put down the bag (of explosives) and looked him in the eyes, and left". The bag went off shortly after.

Marathon victim awoke, told FBI bomber 'looked right at me'
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    April 15: An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo, in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP)
27-year-old man whose legs were blown off by the Boston bombings reportedly helped FBI agents identify one of the suspects, saying the man looked him in the eye as he placed a bag filled with explosives at his feet. 

Jeff Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line just before 3 p.m. Monday when a man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket dropped a bag at Bauman's feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, told Bloomberg News.
Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, shredding Bauman's legs. A photo of his bloodied body being rushed by wheelchair from the scene has become an iconic image of the terrorist attack. 

"He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, 'bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,'" Chris Bauman told Bloomberg News.

Bauman's description to investigators at his bedside reportedly helped them zero in on suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed early Friday in a shootout with police. 

One volunteer, dubbed the the "Cowboy Hat Hero," is being credited with helping to save Bauman's life. The man, identified as Carlos Arredondo, used some pieces of cloth to tie tourniquets around Bauman's mangled legs before getting him onto a wheelchair.

Arredondo's son, Alex, died in Iraq in 2004. He was reportedly at the marathon to support "Tough Ruckers" – a group that runs in full military gear to honor fallen comrades.

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