Stories of courage, heroism emerge after Boston bombings

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    BOSTON, MA (CBS) -- In Boston, chaos broke out immediately after the marathon bomb blasts. In the middle of all the fear and panic, people stepped up to help others. There are countless stories of acts of kindness by strangers.

    Within seconds after the explosion, marathon runners and bystanders joined forces with emergency responders all headed toward the chaos, ripping past barricades to help victims who had suffered horrible injuries.

    One bystander says, "They responded within 15 seconds, you saw them - you saw everybody coming down here." A runner says, "As a team we really just had to work together so we could take care of the people coming in...and that's what we did."

    Peace activist Carlos Arredondo rushed to the scene just after the blast and helped wheel a victim with a gruesome leg injury to an ambulance nearby. That photo has become iconic of the blasts.

    And there weren't just people at the scene wanting to help. Online, by Monday evening a Google registry for stranded victims seeking shelter had over 8,000 offerings.

    Corporations also chipped in. several airlines waived fees for flight changes in and out of Boston and phone companies expanded their local wi-fi and network capacities to meet the heightened demand.

    Former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi, pictured carrying a woman to safety after the explosion, released a statement praising efforts across the board, saying, "The spotlight should remain firmly on...the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives. They were the true heroes."

    A reaction echoed by Boston district attorney Dan Conley last night. He says, "That's what Americans do in times of crisis. We come together and we help one another. Moments like these, as terrible as they are, don't show our weakness, they show our strength."

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