In the aftermath of Monday's deadly attack, there were countless stories of heroism, from aid for victims to smaller acts-a drink of water, use of a phone or a place to stay
... Madore, 1st Lt. Steve Fiola and Staff Sgt. Mark Welch were part of Tough Ruck 2013, a group of military members who walked the 26.2 mile course carrying their rucksacks, which weighed 32 to 45 pounds. Starting well before the race, many had just finished their 8-hour trek, their sacks filled with Gatorade, socks, a change of clothes, extra socks and first-aid kits. Many were treated in the medical tent, their feet blistered from the long day.
The group walked to raise money for an organization that supported them, Military Friends Foundation, but quickly became part of the initial response to a terror attack.
The three men, all guardsmen in the 1060th Transportation Company and Massachusetts natives, were near the finish line when two explosions came in quick succession. They ordered other guardsmen at the scene to help direct people out of the chaos, while the three men ran toward it.
"We just tore that (fence) down and just allowed us to get in there and pull what was remaining - the burning debris, burning clothes-all the stuff that was on these people, just try to clean it the best we could," Fiola said.
Fiola helped put out a fire from a handkerchief a man had in his pants. An emergency worker needed clean rags and water, and Madore said he found a baby blanket and took it to her before helping with triage. Welch first helped clear the bleachers on the opposite side of the street before going to the site of the explosion.
Comparisons to an IED - the improvised explosive devices used by the enemy in Iraq - were apt, they said.
"Just disturbing," said Welch, who previously served two deployments in Iraq. "I've obviously seen stuff like this before, but to have it happen on our own turf, it's a little different. Limbs gone. Fingers away from the bodies." ...