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Mendelsohn delivering the Pledge of Allegiance at Fanieul Hall this afternoon, prior to President Obama’s speech on the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy Bruce Mendelsohn.

Auburn resident Bruce Mendelsohn led the Pledge of Allegiance prior to President Barack Obama’s speech at Fanieul Hall in Boston Wednesday afternoon.  Mendelsohn gained notoriety for his actions in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.

Mendelsohn, an Army veteran who served in the Gulf War, was in an office building at the Marathon finish line at the time of  the blasts.  He rushed to the scene to assist the first responders in helping victims.  “I guess my Army training kicked in, along with my desire to do something, anything, to help.” says Mendelsohn of his actions that day.

In recognition, Obama’s staff contacted Mendelsohn and invited him to lead the Pledge of Allegiance before President Obama’s speech in Boston Wednesday.

Mendelsohn is a nationally recognized public relations, communications and marketing consultant.  He is CEO of The Hired Pen, a marketing communications firm.  He also serves as a Trustee for the Auburn Public Library.  Mendelsohn lives with his wife here in Auburn.