Iconic Boston Bombing Survivor Now Dad-to-Be

Jeff Bauman and Erin Hurley also engaged
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2014 2:03 AM CDT
In this April 15, 2013 file photo, an emergency responder and volunteers push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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(Newser) – The man who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, then helped police identify Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is now making headlines for happier reasons: He's engaged and expecting a baby with the woman he was waiting to cheer on at the finish line. Jeff Bauman and Erin Hurley picked out a white-gold ring together and became engaged in February, with plans to tie the knot next year. But first, they'll focus on a bundle of joy on the way, due in July, the AP reports. "We've got a lot going on. So we don't need to do everything all at once," says Hurley. "I just want to be a good dad," adds Bauman, noting, "My mom loves it. My dad's going crazy."

The couple tells the AP they've painted a nursery in their home in Carlisle, Mass., but the color isn't likely to be pink or blue as they want the baby's gender to be a surprise. Bauman—who was snapped being wheeled from the bombing scene by a man in a cowboy hat in "one of the most memorable images of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack," CNN notes—announced last year his experiences will be published in a memoir titled Stronger, due out April 8, a week before the anniversary of the attack. (Click to read how a woman who lost her foot in the bombing is now dancing again.)

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