Marathon bombing survivor Bauman shares his story in Concord
Boston Marathon bombing survivor and hero Jeff Bauman poses with Dick Butts of Concord at a book-signing and discussion hosted by the Concord Public Library on Thursday. Bauman was promoting his book “Stronger.” (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
“I thought, ‘no, I’m so busy,’” with physical therapy and getting his life back together after losing both legs in last year’s terrorist attack, Bauman said Thursday at a signing session for his book, “Stronger,” at the Concord Public Library.
Bauman, whose father and stepmother live in Concord, told the standing-room-only audience in the library’s basement auditorium that he vividly remembers being bumped by one of the alleged terrorists, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in the days after the bombing while trying to escape police in Watertown, Mass.
“I was conscious through the whole thing,” he said. “I didn’t have any pain. I was just in a weird place.”
When he woke up after surgery to save his life, he immediately told police that he saw Tsarnaev and gave them a description that helped investigators catch him and his brother and alleged co-conspirator, Dzhokhar, who lived through a firefight with police and is facing a federal trial for his alleged role in the bombing.
“I just want to live my life to the fullest and going through that,” he said.
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