A Rhode Island state trooper who went to the aid of victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is speaking out publicly about his experience for the first time. The trooper rejects any suggestion that he’s a hero.
Trooper Roupen Bastajian has participated in five marathons. But the April 15th Boston Marathon was the first one he completed running all the way. He decided to compete because it was the 117th running of the Boston Marathon and 117 is his badge number.
As the Rhode Island State Police took a moment to remember those who died in the line of duty, they also paused to honor trooper Roupen Bastajian who rushed to help survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Every year, Rhode Island state police gather to remember the seven troopers killed in the line of duty since the agency was founded in 1925. But this year, a trooper who’s very much alive was honored as well. Trooper Roupen Bastajian received the State Police service ribbon for aide he rendered at the Boston Marathon bombings.
Reports are coming in from Rhode Islanders who experienced the incident firsthand. One North Kingstown runner finished the race moments before the explosions. Frank Coseglia said he was a block and a half away when it happened, and wasn’t sure what was going on.
State police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who called the Warren Police Department two months ago threatening to kill a state trooper.
It happened on February 8th. A man called Warren police saying that a Rhode Island trooper would be assassinated within the next 72 hours. The caller was upset that police did not lodge criminal charges against the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident that claimed the life of a woman and her unborn child.
The call originated from a pay phone in Central Falls.