Heroes honored in So. Fla. after Boston bombings
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Two men who are considered heroes from the Boston bombings were honored in a special ceremony, Tuesday.
As soon as the bombs exploded in Boston, Carlos Arredondo helped get the injured to paramedics. Arifondo was a spectator near the finish line. He turned into a national hero after an iconic photo of him wearing a cowboy hat, helping 27-year-old Jeff Bowman, who lost both of his legs in the blast, was published by the media. "And immediately I went straight to him because he was moving too much and bleeding a lot," said Arredondo.
Arredondo lived in Hollywood, Florida but will be flying back to Boston. He visits Bowman regularly at the hospital. "He has a will to live. He's a very happy young man. He's beautiful," said Arredondo.
Another iconic photo taken the day of the bombings is of three Boston police officers. The photo was used on the cover of "Sports Illustrated." Officer Javier Pagan was one of the officers in the photo. "We started running to the first explosion, and right there, within 20 seconds after the first explosion, another one comes out," said Pagan.
Pagan said the picture was captured when the second bomb exploded. He worked with other officers on breaking down the barricades that separated the runners from the spectators. "We don't run from gunfire. We don't run from explosions. We have to run in there and do our job," he said, "and I think that picture shows and gave a good description of what men and women around this nation do everyday."
Both men said there were a lot of heroes that day, and that it's important that we respect every officer who rushed to the scene, and every citizen who helped move the wounded.
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