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WATCH: Same-Sex Couple Recounts Two Acts of Public Service in the Wake of Disaster

Post submitted by David McCabe, HRC Digital Media Intern

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, NYPD officer Pedro Velazquez was removing a survivor from the rubble of the World Trade Center towers when, by chance, a photographer snapped his photo. Twelve years later, Velazquez has left the NYPD and now serves as a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Inspector. His spouse, Javier Pagan, is an officer with the Boston Police Department. Like many of his colleagues, he was on duty at the Boston Marathon this year, as thousands of runners descended on the city for the famous road race.

When terror struck Boylston Street, Pagen responded. In a strange twist, he was captured in a now famous photograph taken as the second bomb went off, responding to disaster much as Velazquez had more than a decade earlier.

The TSA has produced a video featuing Velazquez and Pagen, which you can view above, which speaks not only to the couple's commitment to each other, but also their long and admirable commitment to public service.

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