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Ponte Vedra man helped to identify Boston bombing suspect

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Ponte Vedra man is in the national spotlight after his picture of the Boston Marathon bombing helped to identify suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

All from just one picture he took, just on a whim.

After David Green was done running the marathon, he went into a store to charge his dead phone battery. After a while, he came outside and that's when the bombs went off.

"In that moment, my first reaction as people were charging me, it was a stampede, and I could either flee or go and help, I pulled my camera out and took one snap shot," says Green. "In split seconds like that, you really don't think that much, you just act. So, in hindsight, I wanted to capture people running, because in my mind there's something there, and that was it for photos."

But he didn't realize what was in the picture until days later when his friend texted him.

"He said 'David, you have to check to the left corner of your photo. Go to the high res image and zoom in.' And I did, and it was an exact match to the photos they [FBI] had released."

Green not only ran in the marathon Monday but was also in Boston for the convention at the marathon. He's the CEO of a local company called 110 percent.

"Runners wear compression socks, we make compression gear, and we have a patented product that combines compression with an inner lining, so you can put mobile ice packs in, so you can do a mobile ice bath, you can help with injury, with rest, ice, compression, elevation. We make a product that helps with that compliance," says Green.

So naturally, all Green wanted to do, was step in and help those injured in the blasts.

Green said, "I did happen to be at the right place or the wrong place but I like to think of the world that there's lotteries and anti-lotteries, and don't get caught up in worrying about am I going to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,"

Still he insists he's just a normal guy.

"I try to have my dreams, and running the Boston Marathon was one of my big dreams," says Green. 

Helping out the FBI was just something that happened along the route. Green's picture was one of the clearest pictures that the FBI received.

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