Jeff Bauman’s lower limbs were blown apart when bombs went off near the finish of the Boston Marathon.
In a now iconic photograph from that day, Bauman is shown holding what is left of his legs, while rescuers speed him to emergency help. He had been waiting near the finish for his girlfriend.
There is news today that Bauman has landed a book deal with Grand Central to publish “Stronger” in April 2014. The publisher says the book will tell the story of Bauman’s recovery.
On the day of the bombing, Bauman was rescued by Carlos Arrendondo — the hero in the cowboy hat — as he became known:
In the early days of recovery, Arredondo visited Bauman — a photo that was posted on his Facebook page:
The Wall Street Journal reports that Arredondo and Bauman exchange texts daily. “I hope we can help other people,” Arredondo said. “I hope that Jeff turns his tragedy into a positive.”
In another extraordinary moment back in May, Bauman served as banner captain for the Boston Bruins.
“Now THIS picture should be plastered all over the media,” said one post on the 27-year-old’s Facebook page. “They put up enough photos of poor Jeff in a time of distress, show him in his glory.”
Awesome. #StanleyNumber7 RT @babsphoto: Photographed Jeff Bauman getting the #Bruins crowd pumped up! #bostonstrong twitter.com/babsphoto/stat…
— NESN Nation (@NESNNation) May 4, 2013
Unreal tribute to Jeff Bauman double amputee after the surreal events of the Boston marathon Guy still has a smile ear to ear Be good people
— Andrew J. Bathgate (@A_Bathgate) May 4, 2013
At the time, Bauman asked for privacy as he recovered. “I want to thank the Bruins players and organization for the generosity and support for all those impacted. Like all those in Black and Gold I can’t wait to see them on another quest for the cup. Go Bruins!”