Revs goalie speaks out on father-in-law injured at marathon
FOXBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- More than 260 people were hurt in the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. One of those people is John Odom, the father-in-law of New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis. Reis shared his family's story Saturday evening from Foxboro.
Reis said John Odom’s condition had been upgraded to serious and that he had undergone eight or nine surgeries for injuries to his legs from one of the blasts near the finish line on April 15.
He's the goal keeper. His eyes are always fixed on what's in front of him but like anyone else, Matt Reis couldn't have seen what was coming on Marathon Monday.
“Two minutes before the blast happened, I decided to move,” recalled Reis.
Reis said that he had moved with his 7-year-old son Jacob from the area of the blast a few minutes before it occurred. The group that included seven people had been waiting for Reis' wife Nicole, who was competing in the race.
Playing for the Revolution, his job is to guard. His instinct is to protect. That instinct took over when Reis ran back to the spot where a bomb had exploded, to find his father-in-law wounded by shrapnel.
“At that point I had taken off my belt and wrapped it around his leg and then I took my jacket off and applied pressure to the wound as best I could because we could tell there was a lot of blood coming out,” said Reis.
Reis had been waiting for his wife to cross the finish line, now his family faces a new set of hurdles.
“A marathon is about enduring and endurance,” said Reis.
In the Revolution's first home match up since the bombings, Reis took the field with his team following a ceremony to honor Boston’s victims and it's heroes.
“What they tried to do to us, I guess they didn't realize what kind of love and support it would create,” said Reis.
The goalkeeper's thoughts are with his father-in-law the hospital but his head is still in the game.
“Instead of creating hysteria and despair. They’ve created hope,” said Reis.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.