Thursday, April 18, 2013

Examples of Good People Helping Boston Marathon Victims

By now, everyone has heard about what happened in the Boston Marathon race recently, which involved two bombs going off near the finish line, killing an 8-year old boy and two girls and putting hundreds others into hospitals!  It was a tragic event but amid this attack, I thank God that there are more good people than bad people out there!

Here are examples of some of them (as reposted from's newsfeed)

Carlos Arredondo: The cowboy-hat-wearing Costa Rican immigrant and peace activist was handing out American flags to the runners when the first bomb exploded – a tribute to his son Alexander, a Marine who died in Iraq in 2004, NBC News reported. Arredondo told the New York Times that after the blast he jumped over a fence and ran towards the people lying on the ground — where he found spectator Jeff Bauman with his shirt on fire and the lower parts of his legs gone. Arredondo beat the flames out with his hands, tied a t-shirt around the stump of one of Bauman’s legs, and kept him company until emergency responders arrived.

Dr. Allan Panter: This Gainesville, Georgia, doctor was watching his wife run from the sidelines when the bombs went off. While half a dozen people around him fell to the ground, the doctor started treating the injured, though he told ABC News that he spent most of his time trying to resuscitate one woman in particular until emergency personnel arrived with a stretcher.

Joe Andruzzi: The former New England Patriots offensive lineman carried an injured woman to safety, and a photo of the courageous act has gone viral. He did not know the woman’s name; he only knew that she was from Virginia, and that she and her three daughters were looking for her husband, who was running in the race. Just moments ago, he had carried a man covered in blood to the medical tent. Andruzzi’s instinct to help runs in his family; his brothers are NYC firefighters who worked at Ground Zero during 9/11. A cancer survivor himself, Andruzzi had been at a marathon watching party for his cancer charity at The Forum, a restaurant along the finish line, when the explosions occurred.
 15 National Guard Members: When 15 active-duty Massachusetts National Guard soldiers planned to run the Boston marathon with 40-pound “rucks,” military backpacks stuffed with “CamelBaks of water, extra uniforms, Gatorade, changes of socks—and first-aid and trauma kits,” they had no idea the supplies would actually come in handy, they told Mother Jones. They were participating in “Tough Ruck 2013,” marching the 26 miles in honor of U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. When the bombs went off, the troops, who were assembled at the medical tent near the finish line, sprang into action and began “pulling burning debris off of people so that the medical personnel could get to them and begin triage,” the 1060th Transportation Company’s Lieutenant Stephen Fiola told Mother Jones.

Alyssa Carter: The cousin of Celeste and Sydney Corcoran — a mother and daughter from Lowell, Mass. who were injured in the attacks — Carter has already raised more than $220,000 on the crowdfunding website to help pay her cousins’ medical bills. Sydney sustained sharpnel injuries, while Celeste lost both her legs.

Boston Restaurants: City eateries such as Appleton Cafe and Vapiano have been donating food and letting people use their establishments as places to regroup, according to FOX News. At one point, El Pelon Taqueria was offering free watermelon juice and wi-fi, and letting people use its electrical outlets to charge their phones. The Middle Eastern restaurant Oleana volunteered on Facebook to put up anyone who needed a place to stay. On Reddit, a California woman Liz Kosearas organized Random Acts of Pizza, a thread where people worldwide can arrange via GrubHub for Boston pizzerias to deliver pies to needy people or places where people are working around the clock such as Boston hospitals, fire houses and police stations.

God loves His Children and to have three taken away so early in life, I am confident that justice will prevail and that the terrorists will face the desired consequences either on Earth or in the Afterlife.

 Let's pray for the families who were affected by this attack, let's pray for quick recovery of those people still in the hospitals and let's pray that the Human Spirit will prevail, that it will not be knocked down by something as cowardly as this attack.

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