4 Heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing

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This combination of March 2014 photos shows Carlos Arredondo, Devin Wang, Jeff Bauman and Paul Mitchell, clockwise from top left. The four were captured in an Associated Press photo that shows three rescuers rushing an injured man from the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings: Arredondo, a former rodeo clown and bystander; Wang, a Boston University volunteer studying to be an athletic trainer, and Mitchell, an EMT for the City of Boston, are all credited with helping save Bauman's life after his traumatic injuries. Bauman helped identify one of the two brothers accused of setting off the bombs, which killed three and injured more than 260 others. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo, Devin Wang, a Boston University student and skater with the USA synchronized skating team known as the Haydenettes, stands on the ice rink before a practice in Lexington, Mass. Wang, along with bystander Carlos Arredondo and EMT Paul Mitchell, are credited with helping to save the life of Jeff Bauman, who suffered traumatic injuries in the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo, Devin Wang, a Boston University student and skater with the USA synchronized skating team known as the Haydenettes, practices in Lexington, Mass. Wang, along with bystander Carlos Arredondo and EMT Paul Mitchell, are credited with helping to save the life of Jeff Bauman, who suffered traumatic injuries in the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this Thursday, March 20, 2014 photo, Boston Emergency Medical Services EMT Paul Mitchell sits in an ambulance at his station in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston. Mitchell, with bystander Carlos Arredondo and volunteer Devin Wang, are credited with helping to save the life of Jeff Bauman, who suffered traumatic injuries in the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this Thursday, March 20, 2014 photo, Boston Emergency Medical Services EMT Paul Mitchell stands next to an ambulance at his station in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston. Mitchell, along with bystander Carlos Arredondo and volunteer Devin Wang, are credited with helping to save the life of Jeff Bauman, who suffered traumatic injuries in the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this Tuesday, March 25, 2014 photo, Carlos Arredondo stands in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Arredondo, along with volunteer Devin Wang and EMT Paul Mitchell, are credited with helping to save the life of Jeff Bauman, who suffered traumatic injuries in the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
FILE - In this April 15, 2013 file photo, 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 Monday, April 15, 2013 in Boston. Arredondo and Bauman are among the guests who will sit with first lady Michelle Obama Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
In this Friday, March 14, 2014 photo, Jeff Bauman stands in his home in Carlisle, Mass. Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, helped identify one of the two brothers accused of setting off the explosions, which killed three and injured more that 260 others. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
In this Friday, March 14, 2014 photo, Jeff Bauman adjusts one of his prosthetic legs at his home in Carlisle, Mass. Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, helped identify one of the two brothers accused of setting off the explosions, which killed three and injured more that 260 others. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND USE APRIL 4-5 -- In this March 14, 2014 photo, Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs above the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing, poses with his fiancee Erin Hurley at their Carlisle, Mass., home. The couple are expecting their first child in July. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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An EMT. A volunteer. A spectator in a cowboy hat.

Moments after bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, these three helped rescue a man whose legs were blown off, a scene captured in an Associated Press photo. That man, Jeff Bauman, was lauded as a hero himself when he gave authorities a description that helped them track down two suspects.

A year later, the AP revisited the lives of the four people in the image.

PAUL MITCHELL

Mitchell has been a Boston EMT for five years. Like the others in the photo, he refuses to take credit for saving Bauman's life.

"I think a lot of things went into Jeff being alive today, not to mention the will of this guy. I met him once or twice. He's got the attitude. The positive spirit."

Looking at the photo reminds him to "live life to the fullest."

"Two of those people in that picture, not me, don't have any training, don't have any obligation to run in there - and they did."

DEVIN WANG

Wang is an aspiring athletic trainer, a senior at Boston University and a world-class synchronized skater. That day she was a race volunteer.

"I think instinct kicked in, knowing that there were spectators in that general area, not knowing if there's going to be another explosion, not knowing what I was going to see once I got there," Wang told ESPN. "I felt like I did not do as much as so many other people, yet I was getting all the credit for being that hero."

CARLOS ARREDONDO

In his native Costa Rica, Arredondo was a rodeo clown, helping get fallen riders out of the way of angry bulls.

"Years of doing that kind of adrenaline, you're rushing in and out, running up and out to get people out of there. ... In a way I was training myself for the Boston Marathon."

He was passing out American flags on the race sidelines and ran to Bauman after the blasts.

"I thought, `How am I going to get him out of here?'"

"And then I saw this miracle woman coming with a wheelchair," Arredondo recalled. "And it saved his life."

JEFF BAUMAN

Bauman, who wrote a book about his experience, says he has mixed feelings about the photo.

"I never look at it. I can't. I Googled myself once, and I looked at it and I was like, I can't look at that. That just brings me right back to me laying on the ground."

But Bauman says it sums up the good that happened that day.

"I thought that was amazing that they helped save my life like that. ... Everyone was just trying to help me, help us, you know. Help the people that were hurt."
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