BOSTON, Mass., — When the first bomb went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, one man jumped into action without hesitation.
On April 15, 2013, Carlos Arrendondo and his wife, Melida, watched the marathon from the VIP bleachers near the finish line. When the first explosion happened, Carlos, now known as the ‘Cowboy Hat-Wearing Hero,’ hurdled over the fence and assist the injured.
He didn’t think twice about his own safety and outpaced police officers and other officials to the scene. He helped place people into wheelchairs and rushed them to safety, tied pieces of clothing on limbs that were bleeding and pulled debris away from victims to clear the way for emergency personnel.
The Arrendondos were at the race to support a runner who dedicated his race to their son who was killed in the Iraq War.