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4 Heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing

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.


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."


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."


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."


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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joneschaney April 14 2014 at 7:04 PM

I am very sad to see that this article has brought many mean, paranoid, mentally ill people out of the woodwork. And I think if you have an opinion, say it without insulting people with opinions that don't agree with you.....if you are capable of that, or just stay off the computer....do you have a life other than the computer?

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john April 14 2014 at 2:58 PM

A wise man once said each person will respond to an emergency according to his or her upbringing and gifts . Another said that a hero is nothing more then a person who responds in a regular way to a regular event BUT UNDER IRREGULAR CERCUMSTANCES , to me my friends this is what we here in AMERICA do ....We go to peoples aid because that is what we (as a people ) do

my hat is off to 3 REGULAR AMERICANS !!!

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Gary Marshall April 14 2014 at 3:01 PM

AMERICAN HEROES may you all live enchanted lives

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hansom Bill April 14 2014 at 3:37 PM

With people as them it makes you feel good to be in a country with them. God bless them and may the road ahead be paved all the way for them.

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Karen April 14 2014 at 3:51 PM

There are always good angels mingling with evil ones.

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fsaufleyudt April 14 2014 at 3:55 PM

Nowadays, everyone is a hero in this country. Even if you're just doing the job that you're paid to do, you're a hero. People have forgotten what a real hero is. This country truly needs some REAL heros.

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zorro205 April 14 2014 at 3:59 PM

fsaufleyudt we have real heros and not just those doing there jobs there are people doing good things for other people keep up the good work

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Jack and Georgia April 14 2014 at 4:05 PM

There were many heros that day in Boston and that makes BOSTON STRONG bless them all for the work thay did that terrible day.

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hduque8843 April 14 2014 at 4:28 PM

The best to all of them!!!!

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ycplum April 14 2014 at 4:44 PM

I like to think that anyone, at the wrong place and wrong time, has it within them to do the right thing. Very often, all it takes is for a person to simply not to panic and just act. I think it is the nature of humans to come together and help.

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