Jul 28, 2014

Boston Marathon Bombing's Effects on Stoughton: One Year Later

Take a look back at how last year's events affected those in Stoughton.

Boston Marathon Bombing's Effects on Stoughton: One Year Later
Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the effects of which rippled throughout the Commonwealth, including Stoughton.

Three people were killed and nearly 300 others were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 in Boston's Back Bay. Here’s a look back at how the bombings affected Stoughton directly, one year later:

  • Just a half mile from finishing his first Boston Marathon, Bobby O'Donnell III, son of Stoughton Fire Department Captain Bob O'Donnell, was stopped short of finishing due to the bombs that went off.

  • Mike Griffiths of Stoughton was just two-tenths of a mile behind O'Donnell and was also stopped before completing a sixth Boston Marathon.  
  • Greg Swartz was one of three Stoughton runners who had already finished the race; he was already at home in Stoughton when he heard about the events in Boston.

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