Bombing Victim Jeff Bauman Stands Up During Flag Ceremony At Bruins Game
It wasn’t the first time that Carlos Arredondo, the hero in the cowboy hat, stood alongside Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman, and it likely won’t be the last.
During Game 6 at the TD Garden on Monday, Bauman, who lost both of his legs after the bombs went off on Boylston Street on April 15, was wheeled out onto the ice with the help of Arredondo, and was able to stand up using two prosthetic legs and wave to the crowd. Arredondo gained national attention after a photo of him running alongside an injured Bauman immediately after the attack surfaced online. The duo were picked to be banner captains and raise a “Boston Strong” flag prior to the beginning of the Stanley Cup Finals game.
The crowd-pleasing moment wasn’t the first time Bauman took to the ice, however. In early May, Bauman was welcomed to the TD Garden during Game 2 of the series between the Boston Bruins and the Maple Leafs. Prior to the puck dropping, Bauman came out on the ice and waved the “Boston Strong” banner in front of cheering spectators and sports fans. Arredondo also wasn’t a TD Garden first-timer. Prior to game 5 against the Maple Leafs, he served as banner captain, as well.
Bauman and Arredondo were part of another iconic sports moment in the city—this one off the ice— a few weeks later, when they got the chance to throw out pitches at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Arredondo wheeled Bauman out onto the field to a roaring crowd.
Here are some other public appearances Bauman has made since the Marathon attack that have captured the hearts of Boston residents.
Below is the video of Bauman taking steps out onto the ice with Arredondo: