The man in the cowboy hat in this photo’s name is Carlos Arredondo. Carlos was at the Boston Marathon with his wife handing out American flags to runners. He lost a son to a sniper bullet in Iraq in 2004 and a second son to suicide a few years later - a depression triggered by the death of his brother. Carlos now spends a significant amount of his time on peace activism and working with vets coming home from war and was at the Marathon to hand out flags and inspire people. 

Carlos does not having any medical training but when the blast went off, he ran towards the danger, jumped two fences and found the now-famous man in the wheelchair on the ground, both his legs blown off, and suffering from severe shock and critical wounds. He got him into a wheelchair and pinched the man’s artery closed with two of his fingers (you can see him doing so in the photo). Because of Carlos, this man is alive today, having had surgery earlier today to remove both of his legs.

This man is a hero and deserves recognition. This man who lost so much still threw himself into the frenzy of panic and saved another guy’s life. That’s Trill.


I just want to commend this man, Carlos Arredondo, a peace activist for diving right in to help those who were injured by the bombs at the Boston Marathon. Shows hope that there is still some good people in this world. True hero. 

“The man in the cowboys hat is Carlos Arredondo. He is an immigrant citizen of the U.S. who lost his son in Iraq and is now a peace activist and speaker. When the explosions happened, you can see that he did not hesitate to run towards the chaos and help, obviously trying to get this poor man out of there and to hold a tourniquet on one of his severed legs. Later, he was being interviewed, visibly shaking from shock and holding an American flag, soaked in the blood of other people.[1] Carlos Arredondo’s selflessness and bravery should be known and applauded."

Please, spread this around. This man is a true hero. He needs to be recognized for everything he has done today to save the lives of those hurt in Boston  

Carlos Arredondo (the man wearing the cowboy hat) does not want to be called a hero, but he will forever be remembered as one.  

On April 15, 2013 Arredondo was at the 2013 Boston Marathon to cheer on runners from organizations that were honoring his two dead sons, and was handing out American flags. At around 2:50 p.m., two bombs were detonated during the race in Copley Square, just before the finish line. Arredondo was photographed helping various victims of the bombings, including helping rush a victim, Jeff Bauman, who suffered extensive damage to his legs in the blast to an ambulance, pinching what appeared to be a protruding femoral leg artery. He is being lauded as a hero by the press and the general public for his acts of selflessness and bravery. Arredondo was a spectator of the race, there to support a runner who was doing the race in memory of Arredondo’s son, a fallen Marine. (x)

Please note that according to sources, Jeff, who was at the marathon cheering his girlfriend, is alive and has gone through several surgeries due to his injures.  Thanks to Carlos, Jeff was able to make it to the hospital where doctors could treat him.  (x)



I guess because I’ve decided that I’m going to write more - here and elsewhere and everywhere - that there is no point in my not writing this, right now. I was reading one of the many NYT articles about the bombing. About the guy in the wheelchair and the man in the cowboy hat. The guy in the wheelchair had both of his legs amputated, yesterday. When he work up his father was at his side. The man in the cowboy hat, the story says, leapt to his aid as soon as the blast went off. Makeshift tourniquets, comforting, wheeling him to an ambulance, of course, in the picture which does not need to be posted again which does not need to be seen again.

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Carlos Arredondo

The man who is now a poster child for heroism during the Boston Marathon bombings received word in 2004 that his son was killed in a firefight in Iraq. Another one of his sons committed suicide at age 24. He is now a peace activist who travels the country to talk about his experiences. He was attending the event to cheer on a marathoner who was running in honor of his son when the bomb exploded in front of where he sat. Arredondo immediately ran toward the blast, helping National Guard troops, police and firefighters break down metal barriers to get to those who were injured. He ran to a man who had just lost his legs.

Carlos is the man in the cowboy hat – one of the many daily saints who helped save many lives on Marathon Monday.

“I just concentrated on that young man and tied him up, his legs, and talked to him,” Arredondo said in an eyewitness report posted on YouTube.

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This is Carlos Arredondo in the hat. One of the best photos we ran last night. It’s by Charles Krupa of The Associated Press. Arredondo appears to be pinching closed a severed artery in the man’s leg. There are other photos of this group of people that show the severity of this man’s injuries. You can find them online, but I honestly don’t know why you would want to. There was debate about whether we should even use this shot. But ultimately, we decided the news value was too great to not run it.  


This photo also shows Arredondo at left, clutching an American flag and pulling down barriers so first responders can get to victims. The composition of this shot by John Tlumacki of the Boston Globe is just amazing.

I wish we’d had 30 pages to run all the photos and tell all the stories that happened on this day. 

i try not to get caught up in the stories of heroes during times of terror like this because i think its unfair to those that ran away. but the story of arredondo, his sons, how he wound up at the boston marathon, and the iconic photo make it seem like fate brought him to boston to save people’s lives. truly amazing.

Antiwar and suicide prevention activist Alexander Brian (formerly Carlos) Arredondo is pictured at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas on April 15, 2006. 

Mr. Arredondo’s son Alex was killed in Iraq in 2004. When a Marine Corps bereavement team informed Mr. Arredondo that his twenty-year-old son had been killed, Mr. Arredondo grabbed a can of gasoline and set himself on fire inside a United States Marine Corps van that brought them. He received second and third degree burns over 26% of his body but nonetheless sufficiently recovered in time to attend Alex’s funeral. He has since apologized. 

Mr. Arredondo’s son Brian killed himself on December 19, 2011, the day after the last U.S. troops left Iraq; Brian had been battling depression and drug addiction since Alex’s death. 

On April 15, 2013, while attending the Boston Marathon, Mr. Arredondo was photographed providing aid to bombing victims, including holding the femoral artery of Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs but survived his injuries. 

Tonight at the Bruins game I had the pleasure of meeting Carlos Arredondo, who if you didn’t know, was the man who saved Jeff Baumans life during the marathon bombings. It was so hard NOT to get choked up while talking to him. He was so appreciative of US thanking him, when he is the one who deserves all the thanks in the world. He started telling us an update on Jeff and how he used his prosthetics for the first time today, and while he was talking he was just GLOWING. This man is the true definition of a hero, and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to talk to him. We also saw him again later in the game and he came over to us and said it was great seeing us. Stop, it was great seeing YOU. 

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Jeff Bauman, with my son Adam and me

Carlos Arredondo with Adam

An unforgettable Saturday.  My son Adam and I went to Boston to join in on celebrating the Sox’ World Series title.  After catching sight of the team on their duck boats near city hall, we went over to check out the scene at the Marathon finish line, where we were fortunate enough to run into Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arrendondo as they were interacting with the spectators.  If you recall, Jeff nearly became the face of the Marathon bombing as images of him in a wheelchair with his severed legs being pushed by a man in a cowboy hat, Carlos, were seen around the world.   

We were able to chat a little with them, and then they were gracious enough to take a photo with us.  Not sure what happened with the photo with Carlos and Adam, but there’s a haze around them.  Apropos because both Jeff and Carlos seemed to have an aura about them, not because they are celebrities now, but from a gentleness that emanated from them.  There wasn’t any bitterness in Jeff; he was so patient and generous to everyone around him as he talked about his rehabilitation and comeback - even as he seemed to be getting tired.  Next to him was Carlos, the jovial ‘everyman’ that sprang into heroic action.

Like I said, it was an unforgettable day, not the least for our brief encounter with two genuinely decent people, the kind that strengthens your faith in the human race.