BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Two spectators who became courageous symbols in the aftermath of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing teamed up for a graduation speech.
Jeff Bauman lost both legs in the attack. Carlos Arredondo helped save his life. Now good friends, they spoke together on Saturday at Fisher College in Boston.
Speaking to more than 200 graduates, Jeff Bauman said he was a “graduate of life” and that dedication to his goals has allowed him to walk again. Carlos Arredondo urged graduates to make an impact in their community and help others as he did at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Arredondo was passing out American flags when two bombs went off near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260. He ran to Bauman and helped rush him to an ambulance. An Associated Press photograph captured that moment.
Bauman helped authorities identify bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed a few days later in a shootout with police. Tsarnaev’s brother Dzhokhar awaits trial.
Bauman has learned to walk on prosthetic legs, and is engaged and an expectant father.