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June 19. 2014 9:51PM

Jeff Bauman back at work 14 months after Boston bombings


Jeff Bauman, right, is back at work at Costco in Nashua, 14 months after the Boston Marathon bombing that cost him both legs. With him at the store are co-workers Mike Stewart and Maya Holt. (COURTESY)

NASHUA — After losing both his legs more than a year ago in the Boston Marathon bombings, Jeff Bauman Jr. returned to work this week at the Nashua Costco Wholesale store.

A store employee confirmed Thursday that Bauman returned to the workforce with his first shift on Wednesday.

A photograph of Bauman returning to work was posted on the “Jeff Bauman Boston Strong, True Patriot and Hero” Facebook page on Wednesday evening with the status “Jeffrey back at work today!”

In the photo, he is standing behind a cash register counter holding a crutch and smiling with two co-workers.

A store manager said Bauman did not have a shift on Thursday, and all questions regarding his employment status were referred to manager Kevin Horst, who was unavailable to comment. Efforts to reach Bauman were unsuccessful on Thursday.

Several positive comments were posted on the online social media site, praising Bauman for his strength, perseverance and determination.

“Congratulations on inching towards a new normal. You are a hero to so many of us as you accomplish and cherish all that we hold for granted,” wrote Peg Thomas.

A few months ago, Bauman visited the local Costco — where he worked for three years prior to the bombings — to promote his new book titled “Stronger.”

“I saw the bomber. He took my legs, but he didn’t break me. He only made me stronger,” Bauman, 28, wrote in the memoir.

Bauman is known from the heavily publicized photograph captured the day of the bombings when Carlos Arredondo — wearing a cowboy hat — pushed a seriously injured Bauman in a wheelchair toward safety.

Bauman was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year to cheer on his girlfriend, Erin Hurley, when the bombs went off.

He lost both his legs in the bombings, but was able to help federal investigators identify one of the men responsible for the bombings.

Following the incident 14 months ago, which killed three people and injured 264 others, Bauman’s father told the media that his son is a resilient young man.

“He just wants to get back on his feet,” said Jeff Bauman Sr.

With the assistance of two prosthetic legs, the younger Bauman is now back on his feet and back to work — even stronger.

khoughton@newstote.com


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