Man who lost son in Iraq helps save blast victim
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Carlos Arredondo, who ran to help a 27-year-old man who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon blasts, spoke out.
In times of crisis, a person’s character is truly revealed. Arredondo, shown in a video, was visibly shaken after what he had just witnessed as he held a bloody American flag.
The man in the cowboy hat is one of many who ran to help instead of running to safety.
Arredondo helped save 27-year-old Jeff Bauman from Concord, New Hampshire, who lost both his legs.
“The gentleman that I helped that I concentrate working on him by putting a couple pieces of t-shirt that I rip off putting on the legs…He had a big fire going off on his shirt,” Arredondo told a woman.
Shrapnel was burning through the victim’s shirt.
“I just concentrate on that young man…tying him up legs and talk to him. He was conscious,” Arredondo said. “I let him know the ambulance was on its way that he’s okay…nothing happened.”
Right after the bomb blast, the victim’s father saw the picture of his son and Arredondo on the news, and made a Facebook page in hopes of getting information about his son, who was at the marathon to watch his girlfriend.
The victim’s father was eventually reunited with his son.
Neighbors told 7News they’re shocked by the entire situation.
“I couldn’t believe that someone I knew just lost their legs like that, sad,” said a neighbor.
Bauman’s father posted a message on Facebook saying, “Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, they did help greatly. Unfortunately my son was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
But amid the chaos, Arredondo was in the right place at the right time. He was able to keep Bauman calm. He was the voice of a hero, who fittingly that day decided to wear a cowboy hat.
Arredondo went to the marathon to pass out American flags in honor of his son, a marine killed in Iraq.