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Carlos Arredondo one of many marathon bombing heroes

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Carlos Arredondo was one of the many people near the Boston Marathon finish line last year whose lives were changed forever, but Arredondo, unlike others in the area, wasn’t injured.

He’s remembered and celebrated as one of the many heroes from that day.

“I noticed Jeff Bauman by the quantity of blood he was already losing, and both of his legs were taken off of his body,” Carlos said.

A photo seen around the world shows Carlos pushing Bauman in a wheelchair minutes after the explosions and captured the feeling of the moment.

Carlos said when he first got to Bauman’s side his shirt was still on fire from being the bomb. Carlos put out the flames, helped make tourniquets and scoop Bauman into that wheelchair.

“I picked him up. I got him into the ambulance bay and then I ask him for his name and he respond to me ‘Jeff Bauman.’ I know it's important to keep his name in the records in case his family was looking for him,” Carlos said.

After helping Bauman Carlos went to look for his wife Melida, who was in the stands near the explosion.

“The bleachers started shaking. There was a stampede. I was very afraid of being trampled,” Melida said.

She was safe.

For the past year she has been at Carlos’ side as he received numerous honors, but despite all the support they both say they still are feeling emotional aftershocks.

“Both Carlos and I and all the people that day; we survived a bombing. It's very serious. It haunts many of us in our sleep. During the day, sometimes when we're on the train, we get afraid from crowds,” Melida said.

The Arredondos say they both sometimes get anxious when they head into the city, but when it comes to bombing suspect,Dzhokharr Tsarnaev, they don't spend much time thinking about him.

“At this point we are praying for the victim's families and survivors. We're going to let the Department of Justice handle that situation,” Carlos said.

Besides his famous cowboy hat, one item Carlos has kept with him from that day is an American flag that is still stained with Bauman's blood.

“I hope this flag, someday, is going to be in some kind of memorial tribute to the survivors and the victims,” Carlos said.
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