Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Engaged to Fireman Who Saved Her Life

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This couple overcame tragedy and created a beautiful love story! 

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia met now-fiancé, firefighter Mike Materia, on quite possibly the worst day of her life, PEOPLE reports. On April 15, 2013, Sdoia lost her leg during the marathon bombing and was assisted by Materia. He rushed to her side and accompanied her in a police vehicle to Massachusetts General Hospital amid the chaos of the scene.

“I asked him if I was going to die. And he told me that I was going to be okay, that I only had a flesh wound,” she told the Post, adding that he visited her at the hospital during her recovery.

Sdoia’s mother noticed their connection and tried setting the two up. “She was like, ‘Oh, did you see that firefighter? He’s so cute.’ And I was like, ‘Mom, I just got blown up.’ ”

The survivor admitted she was in so much pain that she was “probably not the nicest” to Materia at that time. “He’s seen me on my worst day,” she said.

The happy couple finally went on their first date in June 2013. Materia proposed to Sdoia last month in Nantucket with the help of their dog, Sal. The pup was wearing a dog tag with “Mike wants to know…If you’ll marry him” engraved.

Sdoia said, “I do feel that, in a sense, some things happen for a reason.” 


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