Cowboy Hat-Wearing Boston Marathon Hero and Wife Still Suffering Flashbacks

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This March, Arredondo was honored as Grand Marshal for the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Peace Parade and later in the month, flew to Texas to receive the Daughters of the American Revolution Patriotism award given to “a naturalized citizen who has shown extraordinary service to country.”

For his efforts as a first responder, Arredondo, who is originally from Costa Rica, has been time and again hailed as a “hero.” But he maintains he was simply doing “the same thing” anyone else would have done in that situation: “Trying to save lives.”

PHOTO: Carlos and Melida Arredondo at the 2014 St Patricks Peace Parade in Boston.
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PHOTO: Carlos and Melida Arredondo at the 2014 St Patrick's Peace Parade in Boston.

“I just was trying to help this young man and get out as soon as possible and get medical help,” he said. “I am just one of many that tried to help that day.”

“There are so many unsung heroes who deserve credit,” said Melida Arredondo, who plans to accompany her husband and bring tissues for herself and others at this year’s marathon.

“All of these reminders at the anniversary are probably bringing up issues, but I want people to know it’s okay to look for help," she said. "That’s part of Boston strong. Being able to take care of yourself.”

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