Boston Marathon blast photo shows Rutland native
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | April 19,2013
John Tlumacki / Boston Globe Photo
Boston Police Officer Rachel McGuire, left, a Rutland High School graduate, is shown in this iconic photo taken just after the first explosion at the Boston Marathon.
A Rutland native appears in one of the most widely circulated images of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Rachel McGuire — who was known by her maiden name of Olanoff when she graduated from Rutland High School in 2000 — is the leftmost of three Boston Police Department officers standing over a fallen runner just after the explosion. The picture appears on the cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.
McGuire, who went on to graduate from Boston University in 2004, did not respond to efforts to reach her over the Internet, and the Boston Police Department said it was not arranging any one-on-one interviews at this time.
“She’s not seeking any publicity,” said her father, Andrew Olanoff of Rutland. “Her personal and professional decision is to not make any statements. I have chosen to respect her decision regarding that, to take the same position.”
While details of McGuire’s role in the aftermath of the bombing remain unavailable, Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki has described how he took the instantly iconic photo.
“The percussion from that explosion threw my cameras up in the air,” Tlumacki said in an interview posted on lightbox.time.com, a section of Time Magazine’s website. “Right in front of me, one of the runners fell on the ground — he was blown over from the blast. My instinct was … no matter what it is, you’re a photographer first, that’s what you’re doing. I ran towards the explosion, towards the police; they had their guns drawn. It was pandemonium. Nobody knew what was going on.”
Tlumacki told Time the photo was taken in what seemed like one second after the explosion.
“The cops are just reacting as cops,” he said. “They didn’t know what was going on. They’re pulling their guns out, looking left and right. They were pretty close to where the explosion went off and could have been killed or injured also.”