Man who lost legs in Boston Marathon bombing is engaged
Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, then helped authorities identify the suspects, poses with his expectant fiancé, Erin Hurley, at their home in Carlisle, Mass.
Standing on artificial legs, Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo, wearing the hat, who assisted him at the scene, waves the Boston Strong banner before Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks in June 2013.
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, left, is wheeled out by Carlos Arredondo, the man who helped save his life, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park at Phillies-Red Sox game in May 2013.
This AP photo of a badly injured Jeff Bauman being rushed away in a wheelchair by three rescuers became one of the most memorable images of the April 15, bombings, which killed three people.
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BY DENNIS PASSA AP SPORTS WRITER
CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) - A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, then helped authorities identify the suspects, is engaged and an expectant father.
Jeff Bauman, 28, and his fiancee, Erin Hurley, 27, told The Associated Press in a recent interview that the baby is due July 14. They don't know if it's a boy or a girl, and they want it to be a surprise.
"My mom loves it. My dad's going crazy," Bauman said. As for himself, "I just want to be a good dad."
The two have been preparing for the baby's arrival by painting a nursery in their home in Carlisle. Hurley said Sunday that she and the baby are healthy and her pregnancy is going well. They became engaged in February and together picked out a white-gold engagement ring. She said they plan to marry next year.
"We've got a lot going on. So we don't need to do everything all at once," she said.
An AP photo of a badly injured Bauman being rushed away in a wheelchair by three rescuers became one of the most memorable images of the April 15, bombings, which killed three people.
He was standing near the finish line waiting to cheer on Hurley as she completed the marathon when the two bombs exploded. Bauman became a hero after he provided a description of one of the suspected bombers from his hospital bed.
Bauman's memoir on his experiences, called "Stronger," is out April 8, one week before the anniversary of the bombings.