Carlos Arredondo (the man wearing the cowboy hat) does not want to be called a hero, but he will forever be remembered as one.
On April 15, 2013 Arredondo was at the 2013 Boston Marathon to cheer on runners from organizations that were honoring his two dead sons, and was handing out American flags. At around 2:50 p.m., two bombs were detonated during the race in Copley Square, just before the finish line. Arredondo was photographed helping various victims of the bombings, including helping rush a victim, Jeff Bauman, who suffered extensive damage to his legs in the blast to an ambulance, pinching what appeared to be a protruding femoral leg artery. He is being lauded as a hero by the press and the general public for his acts of selflessness and bravery. Arredondo was a spectator of the race, there to support a runner who was doing the race in memory of Arredondo’s son, a fallen Marine. (x)
Please note that according to sources, Jeff, who was at the marathon cheering his girlfriend, is alive and has gone through several surgeries due to his injures. Thanks to Carlos, Jeff was able to make it to the hospital where doctors could treat him. (x)