Cowboy hat hero reunites with bombing victim
BOSTON (WHDH) -- An enduring image from last week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon features Carlos Arredondo in a cowboy hat rushing a victim, Jeff Bauman, to safety after suffering a gruesome injury. The two were reunited a week after the bombings at the Boston Medical Center.
The two men have come to represent the agony, bravery and humanity of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“He is a very beautiful young man, 27 years old, who was willing to survive this tragedy,” said Arredondo.
Bauman lost both legs below the knee, but soon after the horrible day his family reached out to Arredondo.
Arredondo, 57, told 7News about the private meeting he had with Bauman on Monday.
“When we first saw each other we hugged each other and I gave him a kiss on the cheek because it was very beautiful to see him doing very well. He was so happy to see me and he was so thankful. Tears were coming out of his eyes,” said Arredondo.
Bauman has had a number of notable visitors, including movie star Bradley Cooper. Bauman also visited with some of the other victims of the bombings, but the meeting with Arredondo was the most emotional.
“[He said] you saved my life, you know. It’s oh my God, you know. Just very strong words and I’m very glad that I got to help him,” said Arredondo.
Arredondo is very open about the psychiatric treatment he’s been seeking since the Boston Marathon bombings to help him with what he saw.
He said Bauman will go on to do great things for others. The two have plans to see each other again.