Nothing good was expected to come out of the tragedy that struck at the Boston Marathon bombing in April 15, 2013, but now there is a heartwarming story of a survivor who’s going on to marry her rescuer, a firefighter.
Roseann Sdoia was a spectator at the marathon, standing near the finish line and cheering runners on before she was hit by dangerous shrapnel from the blast. Instantly injured and shaken, firefighter Mike Materia quickly arrived by her side and stayed with her until she reached the nearest hospital.
Roseann’s mother noticed the firefighter who brought her daughter in and it wasn’t long before she was dropping hints to her daughter that he’d make a great partner and complimenting him to see how Roseann would react.
“In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him,” Sdoia said. “She was like, ‘Oh, did you see that firefighter? He’s so cute.’ And I was like, ‘Mom, I just got blown up.'”
She went on to needing her leg amputated, and firefighter Mike was by her side throughout her recovery journey, making sure she had everything and all the support she needed. This eventually led to them dating each other in the June of 2013, until Mike recently dropped the big question to her just this last December.
“I do feel that, in a sense, some things happen for a reason,” Sdoia said.
They have thought about released a book about how they met and how they found love through tragedy in a book titled “Perfect Strangers”.