The April 15 Boston Marathon bombings claimed the lives of three and injured several hundred more, but they also united America in a way that tragedies—and the resulting compassion and heroism—only can.
Some heroes go unrecognized, but there are special moments when a hero is both lauded for his or her courage and reunited with a life forever changed by that act of bravery.
Carlos Arredondo is one of those heroes, and just before the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies took the field on Tuesday, he shared a special moment with the 27-year-old bombing victim he rescued on that tragic day.
The pair reunited to throw out simultaneous first pitches at the game.
Jeff Bauman lost both legs in the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon finish line, and it was Arredondo who sprung to action to save him. If not for his heroism—and the strength of Bauman to embrace his recovery and life after the bombings—we would be deprived of such special moments.
David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia received the pitches as the crowd remained on its feet for an extended ovation. It was a special scene, especially for the city that was rocked hardest by the events that transpired on April 15 and the days that followed.