Carlos Arredondo: Boston Marathon hero with the cowboy hat

Carlos shows the blodd covered flag from the Boston Marathon. Credit: NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
Carlos shows the blodd covered flag from the Boston Marathon.
Credit: NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

There were many heroes at work immediately following Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon, but one wild-eyed man in a cowboy hat has caught many people’s attention in the days since photos surfaced of him whisking away a man whose legs had been blown off.

Carlos Arredondo tore down the metal barricades to help medics and police get through, and who comforted and saved an amputee in danger of bleeding to death. Never in his wildest dreams did the 52-year-old Roslindale resident think the day would go that way.

“We started the day so happy because my sons were being honored by two National Guard and a runner. It was a great day to celebrate their memory,” says Arredondo, who has lost both his sons. Alexander was killed serving with the Marines in Iraq and Brian’s depression led to his suicide.

When the first bomb went off, Arredondo was busy handing out American flags and was down to his last one.

“I heard a boom and saw this big fireball and smoke. Then the second one happened and we didn’t know if another bomb was about to go off.”

He knew his wife was safe across the street so instead of fleeing with everyone else, he stayed. The volunteer firefighter, who has also worked as a rodeo clown and suffered severe burns from setting himself on fire, said his body was already wired for adrenaline and he simply went into action.

Eventually, shock set in.

“It’s strange, like, did this horrible thing really happen,” he says, astounded, still in possession of the last flag that is now stained with blood.

He hasn’t slept much and everyone is at his door — police, FBI, press. He’s a realistic man and he fears reprisals.

“You never who is out there,” he said.

But this polite man shares the same message as 8-year-old bombing victim Martin Richard, who before he died made a banner that read “No more hurting people. Peace.” Arredondo agrees.

“Look,” he says pointing to his small garden where two big signs stand, “No more war,” he reads.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.