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Pat McMahon

Updated Apr 17, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Latino bashers, I introduce you to Carlos Arredondo

An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013 in Boston. At least three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 170 were wounded when two bombs blew up seconds apart. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Hey, white Anglo guy.

Not all of you. Just the one who keeps sending comments to my computer about anything negative done by anyone with a Latino name.

I'm sure you must have seen them. If there's a news story about a drive-by shooting and there's a suspect named Guillermo, this guy writes a response like "What do you expect from them?" He, of course, ignores the fact that the victim's name is Ricardo.

It doesn't matter what the story is, either -- crime, a foreclosure, a traffic accident -- he calls attention that some person with a Latino name has failed.

Well, white Anglo guy, here's one of those names I'd like you to remember. In fact, I'd like you to find him on the Internet. His name is Carlos Arredondo.

He's fairly easy to find among the street interviews from Boston on Monday. He's the one covered in the blood of the casualties he tried to save. The American flag he's holding is bloody too. Carlos had to use it as a tourniquet working for the Red Cross.

I don't know whether Carlos Arredondo is an American citizen, but I do know he's a "héroe." That's Spanish for hero!

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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