Fifteen active duty soldiers participated in the grueling Boston Marathon wearing uniforms and carrying 40+ lb backpacks to honor fallen comrades and raise money for their survivors. It was called Tough Ruck.
They were at the finish line when the bombs went off, yet somehow found the strength to help tear down barricades and free trapped bombing victims.
Video taken immediately after the terrifying explosions that killed three people and injured 183 Monday show these heroes running toward the bomb site.
Army Sgt. Bernard Madore and 1st Lt. Steve Fiola say they never expected to have to mobilize in response to an attack in their hometown but were ready to answer the call of duty. Bernard Madore, who has been deployed twice to Iraq, said the scene in Boston ‘was by far one of the most horrific scenes’ he’d ever seen.
The spirit of the Tough Ruck challenge wasn’t just limited to Boston. Two deployed Army soldiers, who are Massachusetts natives, participated in the event in Afghanistan. They were at mile 19 miles when they learned of the Boston tragedy and pressed on in solidarity with the victims of the attack.
‘[We’ve] never Rucked harder and faster in their lives,’ they said about completing the remaining miles with the knowledge of the terror that had been unleashed in their hometown.
H/t Pistol Pete