Jeff Bauman

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Jeff Bauman
Jeff Bauman (right) and Jake Gyllenhaal
at Fenway Park in 2016
Born (1986-01-02) January 2, 1986 (age 37)
Chelmsford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Known forBoston Marathon bombing
SpouseErin Hurley (2014)
ChildrenNora Gail Bauman (b. 2014)

Jeff Bauman (born January 2, 1986) is an American author. He lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon Bombing attack in 2013 and was the subject of a famous photograph taken in the aftermath of the bombing. The film Stronger is based on a memoir of the same name he co-wrote, with actor Jake Gyllenhaal portraying Bauman.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Jeff Bauman was born on January 2, 1986, and is the son of Jeff Bauman, Sr. and Patty Bauman. Jeff Bauman became engaged to his fiancée Erin Hurley in February 2014 and they married in November 2014. Their daughter, Nora Gail Bauman, was born on July 13, 2014. He worked in the service deli at Costco for three years before the bombing; he returned to his job a year after the blast in June 2014.[2][3][4]


Jeff Bauman had been waiting at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, cheering for Hurley who was participating in the marathon, with Hurley's two roommates. She was a mile away from the finish when the bombs went off. Carlos Arredondo, who was handing out American flags to the runners, quickly jumped over a fence to reach the blast site. The blast-caused fire in Bauman's shirt was beaten out by Arredondo. He stayed with Bauman and helped carry him to the ambulance. The famous photograph of Carlos Arredondo in a cowboy hat, helping Bauman was taken by Charles Krupa of the Associated Press during this time.[5][6]


Bauman's surgery was done on the same day, and he had both his legs amputated above the knee. Since he had lost large amounts of blood, the doctors had to keep resuscitating him, giving him blood and fluids. He underwent another operation at 1 a.m. to drain the internal fluids, formed by the blunt trauma. He was interviewed by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and gave a description of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, after he sent word to the authorities after waking up from the operation, that he had seen one of the bombers. His accounts were instrumental in narrowing down the suspects from among the people pictured in the area. He was discharged from the hospital four weeks after the blasts. Bauman was given his new prosthetic legs costing $100,000 each, which were manufactured by Ottobock and had micro-processors to follow his gait. He and Arredondo threw the ceremonial first pitches for the Boston Red Sox a few days later.[5][7][8]

In September 2013, he announced that he would publish a memoir about his experiences at the marathon and his life since then. The book was co-written with author Bret Witter. Photographer Josh Haner of The New York Times, who documented Bauman's recovery process, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for the work. Bauman's book, titled Stronger, was released in April 2014 to coincide with the first anniversary of the bombings. A film based on the memoir, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman and Tatiana Maslany as Hurley, and titled Stronger, was released on September 22, 2017.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ Bauman, Jeff (14 April 2014). "The iconic Boston bombing photograph isn't about my legs – it's about a rescue". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Couple at Center of Upcoming Boston Marathon Bombing Romance Film to Divorce". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 February 2017. Archived from the original on 17 February 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Jeff Bauman marries Erin Hurley". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 7 August 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman and partner welcome baby girl". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 10 February 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b Rohan, Tim (16 April 2013). "In Grisly Image, a Father Sees His Son". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Inside the Image: Hero Carlos Arredondo Helps Boston Marathon Bombing Victim". People. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Boston Marathon victim Jeff Bauman helped identify bombers". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  8. ^ Rohan, Tim (8 July 2013). "Beyond the Finish Line". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 6 April 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon bombing survivor, gets book deal". CNN. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Boston Marathon bomb victim who had both legs blown off in terror attack walks again one year on". Daily Mirror. 15 April 2014. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  11. ^ "'Stronger': First Trailer Shows Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor". Variety. 22 June 2017. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.