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

(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.)

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)
Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, then helped identify the suspects, poses with his fiance, Erin Hurley, in their home in Carlisle, Mass., Friday, March 14, 2014.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombing, then helped identify the suspects, poses with his fiance, Erin Hurley, in their home in Carlisle, Mass., Friday, March 14, 2014.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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