Jeff Bauman: 6 Important Facts About the Bombing Victim & New American Hero

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Jeff Bauman Bradley CooperThe world erupted in cheers last night when Boston police captured America's most wanted man, marathon bombing suspect number two, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Among the people they were cheering for? Jeff Bauman Jr., the double-amputee in what is now an iconic photo of a man in a yellow cowboy hat rushing a victim in a wheelchair away from the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Bauman, who is also featured in a viral photo of actor Bradley Cooper visiting victims, apparently played a key role in finding the men accused of murdering three and wounding more than a hundred on Marathon Monday. So who is Jeff Bauman? Here's what we know about this new American hero:

1. He identified one of the bombers. According to his brother, Chris, Jeff was able to talk with the FBI in intensive care, even identifying suspects in photographs. Bauman described looking a man in the eyes (now identified by law enforcement as Tamerlan Tsarnaev) and watching him drop the backpack in front of him that exploded just moments later.

2. He was at the marathon for his girlfriend. Erin Hurley was running her first Boston Marathon.

3. He suffered more than just loss of limbs. While Jeff is being treated for the loss of both his legs which was evident in that famous picture, he also suffered severe burns and damage to his vision.

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4. He was saved by Carlos Arredondo. The man in the yellow cowboy hat was at the race to watch someone running in honor of his son, a Marine who lost his life in Iraq. When the bomb went off, he sprang into action, and his speed in ripping apart a sweater to serve as a tourniquet to stem the bleeding from Jeff's legs has been credited in saving the 27-year-old's life.

5. He is working to go back to school. Loaded down with student loans, Bauman was working the deli counter at Costco to pay down his debt so he could return to the University of Massachusetts.

6. He's had a flurry of visitors. In addition to actor Bradley Cooper, Jeff has also been visited by New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.

Were you moved by the images of Jeff Bauman?


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Mommi... MommietoJB

Oh so heartbreaking what happened to him and all the other victims and survivors. That pic of him with his legs blown off will never leave my mind. I shed a tear hearing about the man in the cowboy hat, he is truly a hero just like his son.

Missy... Missy2cats

I admire and pray for this young man since I first saw the photos shortly after the attacks.

nonmember avatar Jessie

I'm haunted by the images of him in that wheelchair. It's horrifying that a human being could purposely do that to another. I wish the victims a speedy recovery and the perpetrator a long miserable life in prison.

ILove... ILovemyPaulie

Yes. He has inspired many with the will & strength he showed dealing with a horrible tragedy. Bless his heart.

johnn... johnnys_mom6605

That is one of the most tragic photos I've ever seen.

Zupamum Zupamum

Jeff Bauman is an inspirational hero! I wish him well and hope that U. Mass provides free of charge the education he desires and then I pray he finds a job that he loves where he can use his genuine  natural ability to give hope and inspiration to others!

nonmember avatar G

thank you

Lisa Meek

Too often people turn away and run when they could make a difference. Carlos is not just a hero he is a survivor himself. He lost his own two children and yet had enough love for others to give another young man a chance to live. Thank you Carlos. Jeff I wish you the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

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