Boston bridge name to honor sons of hero in marathon bombing

Jamaica Way bridge will be renamed after Carlos Arredondo's sons, both of whom died in the years preceding the terror attack.
Published : September 24, 2017 Updated : September 24, 2017
Carlos Arredondo at a 2007 protest against the Iraq war in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Andy Carvin via Wikimedia Commons)

Carlos Arredondo at a 2007 protest against the Iraq war in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Andy Carvin via Wikimedia Commons)

Carlos Arredondo at a 2007 protest against the Iraq war in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Andy Carvin via Wikimedia Commons)

A Boston bridge will be renamed to pay homage to the sons of a first responder who became a hero during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

 

On Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker will meet with father Carlos Arredondo and his spouse, Victoria Foley, to rename Jamaica Way Bridge after the couple’s sons, Brian and Alexander Arredondo. Brian committed suicide in 2011, and Alexander was killed as a Marine during a 2004 tour in Iraq.

 

After the deaths of his sons, Arredondo became an advocate against suicide and war.

 

Arredondo became well-known during the 2013 terror attack as the cowboy hat-wearing man photographed at the side of Jeff Bauman, a young man who’d lost both legs and was being rushed away in a wheelchair. When the blast went off, Arredondo instantly changed roles from spectator to first responder, jumping a fence to help Bauman.

 

Now, Arredondo’s sons will be honored, memorialized by the new name of the Boston bridge.

 
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