AKRON, Ohio - One of the FBI agents on the front lines of the Boston Marathon Bombings investigation is an Ohio native and Baldwin Wallace University graduate. NewsChannel5 spoke exclusively with his father, who was beaming with pride.
Ernest Aranyosi owns Ernest Aranyosi Photography in Akron. That's where he sat down with NewsChannel5 to tell us about his son, Dan who is an FBI Special Agent specializing in explosives.
"Basically he went up there and they were doing a post crime scene investigation looking at bits and pieces of the bombs and the debris, looking through the rubble, just trying to identify what kind of IED's they were and, you know, typical bomb work," said Aranyosi.
But the situation turned for Aranyosi and his wife when they learned both suspects wanted for the Boston Marathon Bombings, were on the run exchanging gunfire and throwing explosives at authorities.
"Then when they thought they had them and they didn't have them, then you start worrying about if there's other problems that's going to be occurring. You start worrying, he's your kid," Aranyosi said.
What was the at conversation like between you and your wife?
"You don't say it, but you're thinking uh, what's the worst thing that can happen. And we didn't talk a lot about it other than what's wrong with these people, why is this happening, hopefully Dan's okay … and we kind of comforted ourselves saying, ‘well he's just in the background, he's working on things outside, he wasn't the attack force or the people in the middle of it all.' Although, we later found out he was around those areas, especially after the shootout," said Ernest.
Aranyosi said he and his wife were glued to the TV, waiting for the moment it was all over.
"We're lucky if we got one text a day," he said, "and he just let us know 'Okay, I'm okay,' and 'I'm tired, going back to rest' with no real detail other than, 'Yeah, I'm alright. We're making progress."
He described their reaction as breathing a tremendous sigh of relief once reports of a suspect in custody made headlines.
"It's great. Of course there's some liability that comes with that kind of a job but both his mother and I are extremely proud of them. He's a great kid!"
No matter Dan's age, his father said that's how he'll always see his son, as a "kid," which is why even when Dan leaves the Boston-area, Aranyosi said his heart will stay with the victims of that Monday attack.
"It doesn't matter how old they are, it's still your kid and to lose a kid, you don't want to think about that it's horrible and I feel terribly about the people that have lost kids you know, whether it was Boston or the other incidents ... it's not a pretty site. "
Dan Aranyosi is also a Lake High School graduate who went on to play football for Baldwin Wallace University.
Ernest told NewsChannel5 he had brief communication with his son via text messages throughout the entire time and added, although the suspect is in custody, his son will remain in the Boston-area for another day or two as they continue to comb the crime scenes.