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Flowers are placed by a Boston police barricade near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
Injured people and debris lie on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh)
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“Having pretty much run a marathon and being stopped in your tracks, it’s cold ... I was getting hypothermic,” Rosenblatt said.
The runners had had nothing to eat and little to drink, and some simply dropped to the ground, exhausted. Almost immediately, spectators came forward with bags of chips, blankets and drinks.
“One of the spectators took his smelly sweatshirt off his back – I don’t think he had ever washed it – and gave it to me. ... I would have given him $1 million for it at that point.”
Rosenblatt said he will keep the sweatshirt and hold onto it as a memento of a stranger’s generosity at a time of tragedy.
Rosenblatt was in a group with the Run for the Fallen Maine organization, running in honor of Lt. James Zimmerman, who was killed in Afghanistan in November 2010.
“I was running to remind not only myself, but everyone else, we need to honor those people who defend our freedom and who have made the greatest sacrifice to preserve the liberties we have and we should never take for granted,” Rosenblatt said. “Obviously, yesterday was a reminder of how fragile that is.”
-- Staff Writer David Hench contributed to this report.
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