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July 5, 2013

Volunteers build ramp for Boston Marathon bombing victim

SOUTH HAMPTON — Thanks to the efforts of a local contractor, Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman will soon have an easier time visiting his girlfriend’s parents in South Hampton.

Andrew Courtney, the owner of Red Hammer Builders, is building a handicapped-accessible, wooden ramp at the Jewell Street home of Bill and Lori Hurley. Courtney and his fiancee, Ashley Conchieri, are close friends with Erin Hurley, who will be the maid of honor in the couple’s upcoming wedding.

On April 15, Bauman was waiting at the finish line for Erin, an Amesbury High School graduate and Brighton resident who was running her first Boston Marathon, when one of the bombs exploded. He lost both of his legs, which had to be amputated above the knee.

Since then, Bauman, a Chelmsford resident, has become one of the most prominent faces of the attack, thanks in part to a widely circulated Associated Press photograph of him and rescuer Carlos Arredondo from that day and the fact that information he gave helped lead police to the suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Last month, Bauman and Arredondo were lauded before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in Boston, where Bauman stood before the crowd on his new prosthetic legs. And the week before, Bauman was honored at the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s 97th Annual Dinner.

Shortly after the attacks, Courtney called Hurley to let her know he wanted to donate his services. After she told him they would like a ramp at her parents’ house, he got to work designing it.

The town of South Hampton provided the building permit at no cost, and CP Building Supply of Kensington, N.H., donated all the materials for the project.

“I told (Courtney) I would be more than happy to supply whatever they needed,” said Michael Picard, owner of CP Building. “We enjoy donating to these worthwhile charities. It’s good to give back to the community, and I think that’s the best way to do it, for people in need.”

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