Conflict & Justice

Blasts in Boston Bring Back Memories of Combat Duty

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A Boston Red Sox hat is seen among a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on Boylston street in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2013. President Barack Obama was due to visit Boston on Thursday to attend a memorial service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing amid a manhunt for a suspect seen on video taken before two blasts struck near the finish line on Monday.
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When President Obama came to Boston on Thursday to give words of comfort to the city, he also paid tribute to those people who rushed in to help the injured near the Marathon finish line.

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Benny was one of those first responders on the scene. He's a Boston firefighter and he's asked that we not use his last name.

Like so many of the first responders at the Marathon, Benny is also a veteran.

He served as a Marine in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

He just never thought he'd be putting his combat experience to use at home.

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    Wheel chairs are seen behind a Boston police barricade near the finish line in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. Two bombs packed with ball bearings tore through crowds near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and triggering a massive hunt for those behind an attack the White House said would be treated as "an act of terror".
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