God often shows up in unusual ways in the darkest of times.
Roseann Sdoia loves to run, especially long distances. So it’s no surprise she was waiting near the finish line, watching runners finish the famed Boston Marathon back in 2013.
Then two bombs exploded, killing three and wounding dozens of onlookers. A total of 16 people lost limbs in the incident, Roseann was one of them.
“I do feel that, in a sense, some things happen for a reason,” she told reporters recently. Indeed they do, because in the chaos that followed, she met the love of her life – the very firefighter who saved her is now her fiancé.
“He’s seen me on my worst day,” the 48 year-old Roseann said of firefighter Mike Materia.
Materia is credited with saving her life in the moments after the explosion happened, as he was first on the scene to assess Roseanne’s severely wounding leg.
Roseann was of course in shock and frightened, but Materia was there to comfort her. “Am I going to die?” she asked him. He answered by assuring her she would be ok and comforted her during the scariest moments.
But his kindness didn’t stop there. He checked in on her at the hospital – that’s when Roseann’s mother noticed him.
“Did you see that firefighter? He’s so cute.”
Now, that’s a bold mother. Daughter had just survived a terrorist attack, this hardly felt like the time to scout out potential dating material.
“I was like ‘mom, I just got blown up.’
But mom was undeterred. She kept pushing the issue, and it paid off.
It’s safe to say there probably aren’t too many love stories that begin like this one. You’ll get to read all about it in their new book, which is appropriately titled ‘Perfect Strangers’ and is set for release next month.
(h/t New York Post)