Boston Bombing Heroes: 6 Photos We'll Never Forget

Jeanne Sager | Apr 24, 2013 Crime

boston MarathonSince the FBI released its photos of suspects one and two from the Boston Marathon bombing, the images of brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been burned in my mind. How could they not? If the FBI is right, these are the monsters responsible for a national tragedy.

I know I'm not alone. These faces are haunting us. And it's time we set them aside.

Because there are images from Boston that are much more important. These are the images of the heroes, the viral photos that have helped us see the good in the world.

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These are the photos of the victims who are triumphing despite the odds, the photos of people who have swooped in to help a hurting city, the photos of emergency responders who made a nation cheer.

These are the images we need to keep in our minds as we try to go to sleep at night. Because for every person in America who would do something as atrocious as bomb a marathon, there are dozens more who do the right thing.

Which of these images really resonates with you?


Image via CJSingh/Flickr

  • Jeff Bauman


    Jeff Bauman Jr. was standing at the finish line waiting for his girlfriend to pass by when his life was changed forever. Bauman, who worked the deli at Costco to pay off his student loans so he could return to college, lost both of his legs in the blast. But when he awakened in a hospital, he was able to talk to the FBI about what he saw.

    Bauman, who is seen above being visited in the hospital by actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, has been credited with giving law enforcement crucial details that helped them identify the bombers.

  • Brookline Police Officer John Bradley


    Boston was locked down on Friday as law enforcement searched for one of the bombing suspects, but that didn't mean kids weren't still hungry. The family of one little boy ran out of milk, and when Brookline Police Officer John Bradley found out, he showed up with two gallons to tide them over until the lockdown was done. Oh yeah, and he refused to let them pay him back.


  • Adrianne Haslet-Davis


    Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost part of her leg and her foot in the bomb blast, but the dance teacher has told Anderson Cooper she WILL dance again. She will not let the terrorists win. Her drive and determination are an inspiration.

  • No More Hurting People


    An image of little Martin Richard, the 8-year-old killed in the blast, has gone viral in the past week. It shows him holding a hand-lettered sign that reads, "No more hurting people. Peace."

    The boy's family has asked for some time and space to grieve, and people have given them that. But this photo of a painting on a bridge shows they won't forget the little boy.

  • New England Patriots and Bombing Victims


    Boston is a city that loves its sports teams, and New England Patriots Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and Stevan Ridley showed that they love their city right back as they made the rounds of the hospital rooms of the victims to let them know they have their backs.

    The Patriots' owners, the Kraft family, is matching donations for the victims dollar for dollar up to $100,000, and several of the players are kicking in their own money as well.

  • Sydney Corcoran


    An 18th birthday is a milestone, but Sydney Corcoran spent hers in a hospital in Boston after losing both of her legs and suffering a dangerous injury to her femoral artery. A photo of fellow victim Jeff Bauman handing her a Macy's bag containing a small birthday present has gone viral for what it represents: simple kindness in the midst of such tragedy.

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