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All the world is not riddled with terrorism, hate, and crime. There are beautiful people who showed compassion, love, assertivenss and kindness towards victims of the Boston Marathon explosion.


As investigators search for answers in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, stories of people helping strangers amid the chaos continue to emerge.

People like firefighter Jimmy Plourde and civilian Bruce Mendelsohn, who assisted a young woman injured by the blast and brought her to safety. Mendelsohn, a Bostonian who works at MIT, used a T-shirt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding on the woman’s left leg. Plourde, a burly firefighter, then scooped her up and took her to safety, which was photographed in one of the many moving images from Monday.

“I see people trying to help,’’ an emotional Mendelsohn told Kerry Sanders on TODAY Wednesday. “I see America in that picture. This is what we do and this is why we will win, because we help other people.’’

“She was in pain,’’ Plourde told Sanders. “She was scared. I’m not sure how old she was, but she looked very young to me. I see somebody hurt. People say, ‘What did you do first? Who do you help?’ It’s one patient at a time.”

That impulse to perform one kind act at a time extended to good Samaritans like Peter de Andrade, who brought orange juice to shocked strangers on the street and brewed pots of coffee for others.

“One guy was shivering so bad, and I said, ‘Do you want coffee?’’’ de Andrade told Sanders. “He was like, ‘Oh yes,’ and I brought him some coffee.’’

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