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.
“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.
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.”