In April 2013, Roseann Sdoia was cheering on runners near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when two homemade bombs detonated — right by the spot where she stood. Nearby, a fireman named Mike Materia immediately rushed into action, helping the injured, when he came across Sdoia.
A long-distance runner herself, Sdoia was injured by the pressure-cooker bombs and rushed to a local hospital. The fireman didn’t leave her side.
Love didn’t happen immediately for the unlikely pair. Sdoia was healing from a leg amputation and moving on mentally from the harrowing bombings. However, she found consolation in Materia, who would frequently visit the hospital.
Her mother, in the meantime, couldn’t help but notice the dashing fireman who would stop by to cheer her up. “In the hospital, my mom tried to set me up with him,” Sdoia told the New York Post in an emotional, new interview on Wednesday, February 1. “She was like, ‘Oh, did you …