The explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon were a tragedy. And like a lot of tragedies, it also gave people the opportunity to step up and help RESTORE our faith in humanity. Here are a few bright spots from a dark day:
1. The First Responders: Anyone whose first instinct after hearing the explosions was to RUN TOWARD them to help is a HERO. You see it in the videos from the moment of the attack, police officers and race volunteers rushed toward the bomb, before the second one went off. It reminds us of the AMAZING men and women who put their lives on the line ever single day for us. Police, Fire Fighters, EMS, and our Men and Women of the United State Military.
2. The runners who finished a 26.2 mile race and then went to the hospital to donate blood: One runner who wasn't named crossed the finish line, and just KEPT RUNNING until he got to Massachusetts General Hospital.
3. The people who lived along the course and helped stranded runners: When they called off the race, runners were left all over Boston. Some people offered runners their bathrooms, food, and drinks, or just invited them in to talk.
4. 78-year-old Bill Iffrig of Washington State is the older runner you've seen in all the videos. He's the one who stumbles and falls when the first blast hits, about 15 feet from the finish line. He only suffered a scratched leg, and completed the race.
And when cops tried to help him and give him wheelchair, he refused, walked six blocks to his hotel, and returned to his wife.