Boston Victim Reunites With Man Who Saved Her

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Here’s an amazing story of the incredible kindness of a stranger during the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon — and a victim who will finally got to thank the man who saved her.

Twenty-year-old Northeastern University student Victoria McGrath had suffered shrapnel wounds to her leg and appeared to be in pain in a medical tent when Sergeant Tyler Dodd stepped in to help her.

Dodd, a Purple Heart and an Afghan vet, who identifies as a recovering alcoholic, told reporters that he “saw the terror in (her) eyes” and just knew he had to talk to her.

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“She was obviously in extreme pain. If there was nothing else I could do, I could talk to her,” Dodd said.

He showed her the marks left from his own injury from an IED.

He told her, “You’re going to have a scar, but you’re going to be OK. It’ll be like my scar.”

Dodd’s comfort helped McGrath cope: “I can’t describe how calm she was at that point and she, very selflessly, told me to go help other people,” he said.

During a televised press conference yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced a plea on McGrath’s behalf for her savior to come forward. She wanted to express her gratitude but all she knew about him was that he was a veteran named Tyler.

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Sgt. Dodd came forward hours later and a reunion is now in the works.

The former soldier told reporters, “Her strength helped me in the situation to help other people. She just seemed like an amazing person.”

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