Dad Learned of Son's Fate Via Iconic Boston Photo
Jeff Bauman is victim in photo also featuring Carlos Arredondo
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured at the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013 in Boston.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Jeff Bauman was frantically trying to reach his son, also named Jeff Bauman, who was at the Boston Marathon to cheer on his girlfriend, when his stepdaughter called and told him about a photo he needed to look at. The elder Bauman immediately recognized his son in the graphic picture, being wheeled away by an emergency responder and Carlos Arredondo. He and his wife began calling hospitals to track him down, then made the drive from New Hampshire. When the younger Jeff, 27, awoke from his surgeries yesterday, both of his legs were amputated at the knee. He couldn't talk, but he mouthed the words, "Boom! Boom!" to his father, the New York Times reports.

Arredondo immediately ran toward victims after the blast and found Bauman with his shirt aflame. He beat out the fire, tied his shirt around the stump of one of Bauman's legs, and then helped emergency workers get him to an ambulance. Of Arredondo, Bauman's mom says, "The man in the cowboy hat—he saved Jeff’s life." The Baumans want to talk to Arredondo to let him know their son is alive. But the Times then asks what they'll say to their son when he fully comes to. The response stings: "I just don't know," says his dad, crying. (Arredondo has his own incredible story; click to read it.)

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LoginsSuck
Apr 17, 2013 9:58 AM CDT
This is the way to put in a bit of positiveness into a terrible happening. Focusing on the sefless people who rushed to save strangers lives and give aid. It is a way of saying FU to those horrible people who perpetrate horrendous acts. We choose to dwell on the good and not the bad you did.
Libris_Fidelis
Apr 17, 2013 9:18 AM CDT
Who are the sub-animal bastards who clicked "Hilarious" ??????????????????? When there is a news feature this radically terrible, I wish Newser would display an alternate Readers' Take that would leave out the "bait" toggle of "Hilarious", even if it might give Internet Security a clue about who to surveillance !!!!!!!!!
Pamelafisk
Apr 17, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
Why do I find myself sobbing at the drop of a hat about this tragedy since yesterday when I just sat in stunned silence on Monday? It must be the personalization of the individual stories.The senseless of this horrific attack is mind numbing and rage inflaming at the same time. It breaks my heart to find that this reaffirms the idea that there are truly evil people inhabiting this world. There isn't a punishment terrible enough to match the enormity of this crime against humanity.