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>>IT’S A MOMENT. THAT’S SO MUCH MORE THAN THE
GREETING YOU SEE HERE.>>ON THE LEFT. FORMER BOSTON POLICE BOMB SQUAD
SPECIALIST RANDY LAMATTINA AND
ON THE RIGHT OUR PHOTOGRAHER
STEVE CARRO. THEIR LIVES INTERSECTED AUGUST
16 1985. AND A DAY NEITHER OF THEM WILL
EVER FORGET.>>THAT’S AT THE LOCATION
REPORTER TRACK, LET’S SET THE
SCENE A BOMB WAS LEFT OUT AT THE
AMERICAN-ARAB
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMITTEE
NEW ENGLAND OFFICES THE BOSTON POLICE BOMB DISPOSAL UNIT WAS
CALLED IN AND THEY MADE THE
DECISION TO MOVE IT TO A NEARBY
DUMP. YOU DECIDED NOT TO TAKE THIS
BOMB ON THE EXPRESSWAY BECAUSE
THERE WAS SO MUCH TRAFFIC THAT’S
CORRECT AND YOU DIDN’T WANT TO
PUT ALL THESE PEOPLE IN WEST
ROXBURY.>>YOU CAN’T GO UNDER ANY
BRIDGES ANY WALKWAYS NOTIFIY THE
FAA.>>AND ONCE THEY GOT TO THEIR
LOCATION, STEVE CARRO WAS THERE
WITH HIS CAMERA THINKING HE WAS
GOING TO RECORD JUST A ROUTINE
SCENE WHERE THE BOMB DISPOSAL
UNIT WOULD RENDER IT SAFE. NOW ALL THESE YEARS LATER STEVE
AND RANDY WATCH THE SCENE UNFOLD
TOGETHER ON A SCREEN.>>THEY LET ME STAY.>>THEN THE MOMENT EVERYTHING
CHANGES.>>I WAS CUTTING THE NETTING. I NEVER HEARD A BLAST, SO I
STARTED TO BACK OUT AND THAT’S
WHAT SAVED MY EYESIGHT.>>IT IS SO DIFFICULT TO WATCH
THAT.>>IT’S NOT DIFFICULT TO WATCH
FOR ME. I LOST ALL MY TEETH. I CAN REMEMBER PUTTING MY TONGUE
UP TO MY MOUTH. IT STARTED TO GET IN MY EYES. THESE WERE HANGING OFF.>>CAN YOU FEEL THEM NOW ALL
THESE YEARS LATER?>>THERE WILL ALWAYS BE THE
PHYSICAL SCARS AND SOME
EMOTIONAL ONE. RANDY KEEPS IT ALL IN
PERSPECTIVE.>>THE PARAMEDIC WAS THERE. THEN I KIND OF REALIZED WHAT
HAPPENED. I SAID AM I GOING TO MAKE IT? I REMEMBER WAKING UP ON THE
TABLE AND SEEING THE POLICE
CHAPLAIN. I PASSED OUT AGAIN.>>THE LAUGHTER COMES EASY —
COMES EASY NOW.>>IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT
WORSE.>>HE REALLY MEANS THAT, HE HAS
AN AMAZING POSITIVE ATTITUDE. HE USES HIS EXPERTISE TO DO
THEIR JOBS SAFELY AND WANTS
EVERYONE TO KNOW —
>>HE SAT IN THE ROOM AND TALKED
WITH YOU SO MANY YEARS LATER

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