The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 15, 2013

Fairfield resident recounts Boston bombings

FAIRFIELD — Several people from Fairfield were in Boston for the marathon, including one who was running, but none were hurt when bombs exploded near the finish line.

Tom Louden, president and co-owner of Jefferson County Abstract in Fairfield, was registered as one of the estimated 27,000 runners to participate. His company confirmed Monday afternoon he was not injured. Crews from MarathonFoto, a Fairfield-based sports photography company that specializes in marathons were also unhurt.

Denise Venteicher, who works for MarathonFoto, was stationed at a point earlier in the route. Her first clue something was wrong came when she heard the sirens.

"My phone started getting bombarded with texts messages and phone calls from my friends and family," she said in an e-mail to the Courier. "I hadn't completely heard what had occurred yet. My brother-in-law called me and informed me that there had been 2 explosions at the finish line of the marathon."

That was where some of Venteicher's co-workers were stationed. She tried calling them, but it took several tries before the call went through and she learned everyone was ok.

"Back at our location, runners were still going by as if nothing had happened," Venteicher wrote. "They were stopping them at mile 25.5 and not letting them run further. People were everywhere. It was pretty crazy trying to get out of there from where we were."

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