The man in the cowboy hat in this photo’s name is Carlos Arredondo. Carlos was at the Boston Marathon with his wife handing out American flags to runners. He lost a son to a sniper bullet in Iraq in 2004 and a second son to suicide a few years later - a depression triggered by the death of his brother. Carlos now spends a significant amount of his time on peace activism and working with vets coming home from war and was at the Marathon to hand out flags and inspire people.
Carlos does not having any medical training but when the blast went off, he ran towards the danger, jumped two fences and found the now-famous man, Jeff Bauman, in the wheelchair on the ground, both his legs blown off, and suffering from severe shock and critical wounds. He got him into a wheelchair and pinched the man’s artery closed with two of his fingers (you can see him doing so in the photo). Because of Carlos, this man is alive today, having had surgery earlier today to remove both of his legs.
This man is a hero and deserves recognition. This man who lost so much still threw himself into the frenzy of panic and saved another guy’s life.
I adore this man.
heros do exist
he is so perfect to me, that sometimes i get a little sad inside. i literally start to feel really sad because i know i may never get the chance to really get to know him, have real conversations with him, laugh with him. i really could care less about the people who think he’s changed or turned into an asshole. i read his lyrics and i see nothing but a boy he’s been hurt and has turned to more of a stone wall. i just see myself in him. and he inspires me so much, i hope one day i can become discovered like he was and make something amazing out of my life. i love him, not just for his looks, but for him as a person.
Jonas brothers @ Radio city - October 11th, 2012.
While you’re doing fine,
There’s some people and I,
Who have a really tough time getting through this life,
So excuse us while we sing to the sky!