Brookfield couple deals with 2 life-changing events in 2 days
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WAUKESHA - A couple from Brookfield survived the bomb blast in Boston, and came home to more unsettling news.
Ron and Deb Blaha have yet to get any sleep. Being near the explosions in boston was bad enough, but the lockdown at multiple schools in Waukesha on Tuesday made matters even worse.
The Blahas are a husband and wife team that ran side-by-side in the Boston Marathon.
"This time, he chose to run with me, which turned out to be a blessing, because I ran a little bit faster than I may have," Deb Blaha said.
She thinks the extra speed saved her from the blasts. In the chaos, the couple tried to call their kids, but couldn't get through.
"The fact that we couldn't get word to them was something that was really weighing on our minds," Ron Blaha said.
With flights grounded and the city set to shut down, the Blahas rented a car and started their trip to Milwaukee, but the bad news didn't end.
The Blahas got a text message saying their daughter's high school was on lockdown, because a gunman was on the loose near Carroll University.
Mom and dad now worried for their child.
Police arrested the gunman, the family reunited, memories and medals are left behind. They all signify a tough two days.
Cody Holyoke contributed to this report.