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The Boston Globe

Metro

James Alan Fox

Fortune favored many, but especially Danny

There are many harrowing tales of tragedy as well as of survival in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Amid the terrible misfortune of the victims who lost life or limb there were also countless race-day spectators within range of the blasts who benefited from some element of luck or heroism.

Dozens of the injured were fortunate that the Boston Athletic Association’s reception tent was well staffed with emergency medical personnel ready to administer first aid and that top-notch Level 1 trauma centers were within minutes of the bombing site. Several people near the finish line were spared serious injury or death because obstacles or other spectators stood between them and the explosion.

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