Emotions resurface as first responder completes marathon

BOSTON (WPRI) — Emotions ran high at the 2014 Boston Marathon as the city continued to bounce back from the horrors that occurred there last year.

Many of this year’s participants ran not only to raise money for charity, but also to honor the victims of the bombings, including those who lost their lives, those who were injured, and the first responders who reacted so bravely in a time of crisis.

Eyewitness News caught up with one of those first responders after he once again completed the 26.2-mile race.

Trooper Roupen Bastajian finished last year’s marathon before the bombs went off at the finish line. It was then he ran against the crowd toward the blast site, where he was able to save an injured woman’s life.

Bastajian was one of several members of the R.I. State Police to participate in Monday’s race.

“We crossed the finish line and we went up a couple hundred yards or so and then I stopped and I looked at them and said ‘this is where I was when the first bomb went off’,” he recalled. “It seemed real for that moment even though it was a year ago, but it seemed like it was yesterday.”

The local troopers raised at least $12,000 for a nonprofit called Cops for Kids with Cancer.

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