My name is Bruce Mendelsohn and on April 15, 2013, I saved Victoria McGrath’s life. The first bomb exploded just below me while I was at a post-race party with my younger brother (who completed the Marathon) at 667 Boylston St.
Within 30 seconds I was on the scene and wrapped a tourniquet around Victoria’s lower left leg. In one of the iconic photos of the Marathon bombings, Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde cradles Victoria in his arms. I subsequently learned from Victoria’s surgeons that the tourniquet I applied saved her life. Over the past six months I have spoken to groups of all ages, sharing my unique story and an inspirational message of help, hope, and healing. That’s helped overcome some of the anger the bombing kindled in me.