Members of the "Tough Ruck" team were steps from the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon and rushed in to help. (Military Friends Foundation)
The 20 active-duty soldiers had just completed the Boston Marathon carrying supply-filled packs—some as heavy as 40 pounds—for the Tough Ruck charity event. Then the bombs went off—and they ran to help.
The soldiers had gathered at 5:30 on the morning of the race to walk the 26.2-mile course together, led by 1st Lt. Stephen Fiola. The event is to honor comrades who had died in Iraq or Afghanistan, or from suicide or post-traumatic stress disorder after coming home, according to the group's Facebook page.
Soldiers from the "Tough Ruck" team at the Boston Marathon. (Military Friends Foundation)
Carlos Arredondo, a Tough Ruck volunteer who helped those wounded in the blasts at the Boston Marathon. (Atlantic Wire)
The Tough Ruck volunteer was father of Lance Cpl. Alexander Arredondo, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. His second son committed suicide after suffering from depression from the death of his brother. Arredondo was carrying photos of the two of them.
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