GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Watching what unfolded at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon was stressful for many families who feared their loved ones were among the casualties.
Cindy Hickey was one of them. Hickey's boyfriend, Benedikt Schorner, had run in the marathon and could not be reached in the immediate aftermath of the explosions.
"The cell reception was terrible," Hickey said. "I couldn't reach him and I couldn't reach anybody who knew anything ... It was just very scary."
But at around 4 p.m. Monday, she received the call she'd been waiting for. Schroner was fine.
"Oh my God," Hickey said to him on the phone. "So you had made it through before anything happened."
Schorner told 24 Hour News 8 that he'd crossed the finish line long before the blasts that killed at least two people and injured more than 100 others.
"I'm lucky I missed it," Schorner said. "I just saw a lot of police and fire and rescue ambulances and stuff."
A few of Hickey's neighbors who knew Schorner was taking part in the marathon came to her Kentwood home asking if Schorner was okay.
Schorner was expected to return to West Michigan Monday night.
"I'm just incredibly thankful," said Hickey with a sigh of relief.
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