Andruzzi said he saw plenty of true heroes at work.
“During this whole tragedy, I was truly amazed by all of the emergency workers there and how they sprung into action,” he said. “It was a medical tent that turned into a triage center and from the yellow jackets [Marathon workers] to the white jackets [medical personnel] to the police, firemen, EMTs. When I tell you that it was split seconds, I could not believe how fast they sprung into action. A lot of them are trained for that. But even the others who aren’t trained, civilians sitting on the side that sprung into action, it was truly amazing. It’s one of those sights that you’ll probably never forget.
“To be able to turn around and know that there are many people out there that are looking to help and want to help, when you get into those moments, you don’t think, you just do. That’s what I did and that’s what many other people did.”
Andruzzi said many restaurant workers, especially those at Forum, were instrumental in keeping people calm in a chaotic situation, and assisted many directly with medical attention.
Andruzzi couldn’t help but think about 9/11 as the events unfolded.
“Many times, especially when my cellphone wasn’t working,” he said. “I remember during 9/11 calling down to New York trying to reach any family member and getting many busy signals. To turn around yesterday, just getting busy signals and going straight to voice mail and just not knowing if everybody and all my foundation people were OK, it was a tough time.”
Andruzzi did talk to his brothers – Billy Jr., Jimmy, and Marc – who have been honored twice at Gillette Stadium for their heroism.
“They definitely know the feeling,” Andruzzi said. “They have been helping me get through the last 24 hours. It was great for them just to be there and to talk to. They said the best part is knowing that my family [five children] will be home waiting for me. [My brothers] said that time heals all wounds.”
Andruzzi hopes that holds true for the Marathon runners, who are rightfully viewed as heroes who spend countless hours selflessly building to that day to raise money for others.
“To all the runners out there, they all finished their marathon, whether they crossed that finish line or not,” he said. “A lot of them trained months for this, and I wanted to congratulate them for their hard work and dedication. Many are charity runners, like my 21 runners, who help pay things forward. Some even gave blood after crossing the finish line – just amazing stuff. Their hard work and dedication should not be forgotten. They all deserve a medal and completed that marathon, whether they crossed that line or not.”