NH House unanimously honors marathon heroesBy NORMA LOVE , Associated Press
May. 8, 2013 3:56 PM ET
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's House unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday to show support for victims and heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings and to disavow "unfounded speculation or accusation" by a Republican lawmaker.
The House voted 312-0 to pass the resolution that praises victims, singling out Jeff Bauman, whose father and stepmother live in Concord, for help leading authorities to the bombing suspects.
Battered and bloodied, Bauman was captured in a now familiar Associated Press photograph being led away from the blast scene in a wheelchair by a man in a cowboy hat, identified as Carlos Arredondo. Arredondo's son, who was in the Marines, was killed in Iraq in 2004. Arredondo and Bauman have since become friends.
Bauman, 27, lost both legs and suffered hearing damage as a result of the bombings.
Without naming her, the resolution disavows comments by state Rep. Stella Tremblay of Auburn who said a federal "black-ops" team was behind the bombings and one suspect was killed without having a chance to speak. She later said Bauman did not appear to be in pain or shock. Tremblay said she would have been screaming.
Tremblay was not in attendance at Wednesday's House session. No one answered an afternoon phone call to her home.
Tremblay's comments drew widespread scorn from other Republicans, including state party and New Hampshire House leaders.
"The House does hereby disavow any unfounded speculation or accusation that dishonors those affected by the tragic events in Boston," said the resolution sponsored by House Republican Leader Gene Chandler, House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff and House Speaker Terie Norelli.
Shurtleff said that House members are not supposed to refer to one another by name on the floor but that it was clear to everybody the resolution addressed Tremblay's comments.
The resolution said "recent remarks have taken the focus away from honoring the victims and celebrating the heroes of this tragedy" and it commended Bauman as a hero.
After the resolution was read, the House applauded.
Last week, Tremblay told The Telegraph of Nashua that she was sorry if her comments offended anyone and that she made them out of a desire to question whether the constitutional rights of Watertown, Mass., residents were violated by police searching for a bombing suspect. She criticized the media for not doing its job.
While being treated for his injuries, Bauman provided police with critical details of the suspicious man he saw walking through the crowd in the moments before the April 15 blasts. Bauman said he spotted a man, later identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, while Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line.
Bauman, of Chelmsford, Mass., helped a sketch artist put together a drawing.