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June 24, 2013

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams recently ran a story on the special bond that has developed between Framingham State University student Robert Wheeler and Boston Marathon bombing victim Ron Brassard.

Wheeler had just crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15 when the bombs exploded. Instead of fleeing from the scene, he ran back toward the chaos and used the shirt on his back to help stem the bleeding from Brassard’s legs, which were badly injured.

Wheeler and Brassard have stayed in close contact since the bombing. Last month, Brassard drove down from New Hampshire to Framingham to watch Wheeler walk in the University’s commencement ceremony.

NBC’s feature on Wheeler and Brassard can be found at the following link:

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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