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(NECN: Nicole Jacobs) - Sunday was graduation day for a group of service dogs in Fitchburg, Mass., and one of this year's graduates will help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
As this year's marathon approaches, emotions are high as everyone thinks back to the day the city was attacked.
Roughly one year ago, the lives of Jessica Kensky and her husband, Patrick Downes, changed forever. They were at the Boston Marathon near the finish line. They both lost legs in the bombings.
It's been a tough year of recovery, both physically and emotionally, but Sunday was a happy occasion.
Their service dog, Rescue, graduated from training school. Now, the couple gets to take him home to begin their lives together.
"About six months into our recovery is when Rescue came into our lives, and he was the most amazing thing for us," said Kensky. "We were anticipating, I think, all the things he was physically going to help us with, and I just didn't anticipate all the ways he was going to emotionally, not only help myself heal, and my husband, but also my friends and family. We're all equally obsessed with him."