By Maria Papadopoulos
Brockton (MA) — When two terrorist bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon on April 15, Brockton firefighter Donald Gazerro and Stoughton Fire Captain Bob O’Donnell ran toward the wounded, not away from them.
On Thursday, Gazerro and O’Donnell, who were both off-duty and separately watching the race when chaos erupted that horrific day, will be recognized for their heroism at the 24th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge.
Gazerro and O’Donnell will be among on- and off-duty firefighters from communities including Boston, Cambridge, and Watertown who will receive the Fire Marshal’s Award for their heroic response to the Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath in the days that followed.
Firefighters from communities including Norwell, Marshfield, Quincy, Scituate, and Weymouth will also be honored during the ceremony.
Gazerro and O’Donnell are among those being hailed as heroes for running into the chaos and carnage near the finish line after two bombs exploded.
Gazerro, a West Bridgewater resident, was among emergency responders who knelt by bombing victims Martin Richard, 8, and Lingzi Lu, 23, to try and help them. Both died in the attacks.
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