It’s one of the most iconic images that still lingers from the Boston Marathon bombings that rocked Massachusetts in mid April.
A man in a cowboy hat, Carlos Arredondo, pushed another man, Jeff Bauman, whose legs had been blown off after a bomb detonated near him. Amid the chaos that ensued afterward, Arredondo, a Costa Rican spectator, pushed Bauman in a wheelchair to safety.
In a way they recreated that image Tuesday night. Arredondo pushed Bauman in a wheelchair once again,this time the two had smiles on their faces and got to throw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game.
According to Boston Magazine, Bauman spoke with WEEI radio Tuesday before the game and said throwing out the pitch was “going to be awesome,” adding that he was doing well in recovery, taking things one day at a time, and “doing great.”
Bauman, who lost both legs below the knee, helped the F.B.I. identify the bombing suspects, eventually leading to their death and capture.
Arredondo, a peace activist who lost his son, a marine, in Iraq was touted as a hero by many for his actions that day.
Both men had previously been honored at two separate Boston Bruins games but this was the first time they were honored together.
They talked to Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez before the game and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Both men threw the ceremonial first pitches to David Ortiz and Jared Saltalamacchia, respectively.