Friday, May 24, 2024

Latino Becomes a Hero Following Boston Explosions

Carlos Arredondo, a spectator in attendance at Monday’s Boston Marathon, became a hero when he helped a young man to safety following the explosions that turned the marathon’s finish line into a tragic and chaotic scene.

“It was absolutely like a war scene,” said a bystander. “This was worse, because it was all innocent people, just defenseless. They were just lying in a pile, gunpowder all over them, burnt.”

Arredondo, a native of Costa Rica whose son lost his life fighting in Iraq, was at the race handing out American flags in support of a group running for fallen veterans. After the explosions, he rushed to aid victims.

Arredondo was able to stop the bleeding from one victim using his own clothes and towels, and then assisted officials in rushing the young man to receive medical attention.

“I kept talking to him. I kept saying, ‘Stay with me, stay with me,” Arredondo said.

NBC News
Maine Press Herald