Wounded Student from Boston Bombings to Reunite With the Man Who Comforted Her
Amid the tragic stories of the attack at the Boston Marathon are many, many more stories of hope and kindness. One of which, reports The Daily Mail, is the story of 20-year-old Victoria McGrath, who was being treated in a first-aid tent just moments after the bombs detonated. In the frantic minutes after the attack, Victoria waskept company by Tyler Dodd, a Purple Heart and an Afghan veteran who reassured her she was going to be okay.
"She was obviously in extreme pain,” Dodd told The Daily Mail of Victoria. “If there was nothing else I could do, I could talk to her.”
That conversation was enough to calm Victoria, who is recovering from a compound fracture and nerve damage caused by shrapnel. She soon reached out with a simple request broadcast by Governor Deval Patrick during a news conference for her savior to come forward.
In his interview withEsquire, Dodd said he had rushed into the medical tent to help wherever he was needed, which amounted to cutting off clothes to check for wounds, applying tourniquets, and identifying the priority level of the wounded with triage tags.
“It was really surreal,” Tyler says. “In this situation, you run on autopilot, so you don't have to really feel anything. To be honest with you, I didn't know what to feel at the time. It was an unbelievable scene.”
When it came to Victoria, the biggest help he could be was calming her and tell her everything was going to be alright. At one point, Tyler said to her, “You’re going to have a scar, but you’re going to be OK. It’ll be like my scar.” And he motioned to where he had been hit in the leg by shrapnel during his deployment.
Tyler’s mother Janet says, “There's a certain amount of pride a as parent to see your son running towards the disaster and helping people. It's who he is. He's just always been the guy that's there to help.”
The reunion is a work in progress as anyone with information on Tyler was asked to call 617-725-4000 in order to get him and Victoria in touch, but Tyler tellsPiers Morgan Live on Tuesday that he has still been unable to make contact.
We sincerely hope for the reunion soon, because we think both Victoria and Tyler could use a bit more of each other to heal from the events on Monday.