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A ‘Comforter in Chief’ since the Marathon bombings

Carlos Arredondo stood and cheered at the start of the Red Sox World Series parade at Fenway Park. He has become the face of Boston Strong.
Carlos Arredondo stood and cheered at the start of the Red Sox World Series parade at Fenway Park. He has become the face of Boston Strong.Credit: Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

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At Fenway Park, a middle-aged woman catches Carlos Arredondo’s gaze as he prepares to take the field for yet another ceremony honoring him and starts to cry. “This is one of the most exciting days of my life,” she tells him. “Anyone who was a victim could have been one of my relatives. You saved them for all of us.”

Carlos Arredondo pauses and peers at her tenderly, like an old friend, then embraces her. “We did what we could that day,” he says, a refrain he invokes often now.

Since the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon, when he was captured on film rushing to the aid of victims, he has become the very public face of Boston Strong.

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