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    Spirit of city expressed in couple’s aid to marathoner

    I AM a runner from Alaska who had the honor of participating in the Boston Marathon on Monday. I was in the group that was unable to finish because of the horrific events unfolding at the finish line. The cordoned-off area and limited cellphone service prevented me from reaching my husband at our hotel. Uncertain as to where to go, I sat down on a bench.

    Fortunately a Boston couple happened by and asked if I needed help. Debra (I hope I’m spelling her name correctly) and Charlie invited me into their home, gave me food, warm tea, and a warm blanket, and offered much-needed comfort. We followed the events on television for a short time before they walked with me to finally reunite with my husband.

    My husband and I want to publicly extend our graditude to them for their simple act of kindness, which we believe represents the true spirit of the Boston people. We will never forget their generosity.


    Mary Diel