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Boston bombing survivor to marry the man who saved her

He was so kind and caring.

A woman who survived the Boston Marathon bombing is set to marry the fireman who saved her.

Roseann Sdoia was a spectator on the fateful day in 2013, when two bombs exploded among the crowd gathered to watch the iconic event.

Sdoia was standing near the finish line when the terror attack’s second bomb exploded.

Badly injured, she was helped by fire fighter Mike Materia, who used a belt as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood from her leg and stayed with her as she was rushed to hospital. Doctors couldn’t save Sdoia’s leg, and it was amputated at the knee.

However, in the weeks following, romance blossomed between the survivor and the hero, and now, Materia, 37, has popped the question.

He attached a special engraved dog tag on the couple’s dog Sal, saying “Mike wants to know … If you’ll marry him.”

The pair can credit Sdoia’s mother for helping bring them together.

“In the hospital, my mum tried to set me up with him,” Sdioa, 48, told the New York Post.

“She was like, ‘Oh, did you see that firefighter? He’s so cute.” And I was like, “Mum, I just got blown up.”

The pair continued to grow closer during Sdoia’s recovery and rehabilitation, and went on their first date in June 2013, two months after the terror attack.

“I knew I was starting to have feelings for him because he was so kind and caring,” she said. “And he has an unbelievable smile.”

The pair are planning a small, intimate wedding for later this year.

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