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Boston bombing hero Jeff Bauman: "He's dead and I'm still here"

Apr 26, 2013|

Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, joined the show to give the guys an update of his condition and a first-hand account of that terrible day. Jeff told the guys how he wrote the description of the bomber as soon as he could. Mr. Bauman added that he is aided every day with the knowledge that he is alive and the terrorist that detonated the bomb is dead.

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I do you know we deliver one about him and told them his story. We have detailed his struggles in his in his heroism there on -- as they were political bug Jeff. Now we get to talk to the man himself joining us on the phone is Jeff Bowman I do and Jeff. Dario excellent excellent I saw you the other day and it told everybody. That you look great it sounded great contagious first off tell us how was the recovery going Jeff. That's going to go out and on -- error -- today. You already into the rehab phase which couldn't believe it's like. Well it just started my physical training. And occupational training yesterday and -- you know. A lot of you got a lot of famous visitors when you were in the hospital flawless I'd tell him -- consider him mismanaged the -- tell him who gave -- to see you Jeff. And patriots players and and had to you know when he's not gronkowski. He's Ridley. And then now Bradley Cooper -- while a pretty cool. Like that on this is -- is uncle than in oh well yeah of course who -- Bradley Cooper time in the hangover. On that I was just like out of the blue was that Jeff. Yeah he came unglued first of this Julian Edelman and he came up and then. Yeah I guess. There they go against Bradley Cooper's article -- -- shut the third choking. He was there. What about drug tells the public drug. -- would who -- that -- autographs and everybody. Yup yup that's important was also in -- yes sure sure there are important now the did it out leaving. We can't forget Courtney and he said he was gonna come see again you couldn't have been that could -- nicer. Jeff I was obviously that for a while talking -- solely and -- Coleman the story and it's just incredible. A view I believe you were there for one day it couldn't talk he had tubes coming out everywhere you were in real pain. And yes Sully yes solely for whatever on the pencil on paper and started writing and selling Hussein and his hands to started -- and I mean. And I know you're not comfortable with this -- your humble quiet guy but man that was the first big break in the case when you tell us about it. Yeah a lot of you are still conscious morneau is being. Transported. From the -- the blast site to the hospital. And whole time. When I went out and optional I was given descriptions of the guy. The first guy they go at this patent is in the -- aviators in the public auction -- rebel Tamil suspect number one right. Yes -- that's one of the real adamant about it and then when I. Yeah album that it will come through a lot of the on the other first. Operation together. The you know that Seattle. All around my movement. And interpret Sully had delayed run out and get somebody -- he had to say hey kid in here. We got here will we act we got something to say and you couldn't even talk about appointment. -- and when when you find out they got a mountain in that what did you find out that that was him that you helped crack the case. Probably don't even know what luck -- -- Wednesday. Wednesday -- Thursday. AGF oftentimes when somebody's injured they don't remember what happened and we your car victims say Natalie remember getting in the car that morning when I have my car accident but that's not the case with New York remember pretty much everything. What you remember in the moments leading up to. The BB explosion in terms of make eye contact with this guy and and and what you were thinking at the time what he remembers specifically about the moments just before during and after. Wolf followed with my way my girlfriend drew made it and the reverend great time -- -- watching the runners ever -- won't have a great time. And it just -- one guy you know he didn't look like he was evident it's so. He was right next to me you know at that point he had a band wagon yet it collapses he had -- a look at kind of like. A mother likes what church that the deal didn't. And you know it's warm out is that an odd guy is struck me and that's what our member of them and then. Next thing you know -- Yeah I hear fireworks and I'm on the ground you know. And and the next thing you know you're being transported with some crazy cowboy. Hanging on the RO. I saw them and he got -- you wrote in and around open everybody and then. When it can to help me he helped me he's seen in this crazy you'd go on not help and everybody uses. He was like cattle off. You know -- -- adrenaline definitely definitely -- and. -- you thinking at that point you're gonna make it. Not really that Yahoo! actually Juan Carlos -- you up and threw me into the wheelchair then had been -- aren't. Maybe I ended and they can put. Before that no way as the -- -- Carlos told us that two things he wanted to accomplish with you Jeff was to stop the bleeding as best he possibly could which he did pretty good job. And another thing as he didn't want you'd necessarily to see exactly where you know what had happened to you at what point did you see when it happened you were you aware of of what happened. Yeah -- Yeah. How does -- process that. How in my brain -- how to -- process that we see that you didn't look like you're panicked and Carlos said he talked to me since you unbelievably composed. Yeah. I can't do it. -- -- -- Who thought that up at that point you know. I was explained people -- -- before this year were kinda laid back and humble and you weren't. You know you weren't like some people in your family your uncle particularly -- out your mind you were -- -- level headed guy in and that you looked that way even in the worst circumstance and Carlos said. He wasn't sure if you know you know -- if you weren't such a good patient. Yeah I mean her I was doubly certain but I you are out. Of I would actually did you know. So so you actually look this person in the eyes and yet sunglasses on but you you made eye contact with this guy. You know and immediately you know some. Wrong there. Red. He. He just didn't seem right you know so you know it's you know -- -- somebody up an article that probably puts the current problem yeah. And how long before them explosions that Jeff. All right you know it. It could have been five minutes then. Two minutes this it would. It would quit you know. I know you're there and then it was gone and then -- Jeff how long after the explosion how. Longer process quip was it before that for Carl's got junior at the hospital do you have any memory Belfast the process that was or. No wolf. It seemed like ten minute right you know not put it it probably more like fifteen minutes and it was -- -- -- where everybody would this actual int he. Says the hospital staff was actual men. And they like Q2 when they -- -- a phony got a standing ovation from like all the nurses. As he was such a good patient did you. -- told Sully what you saw. Right there are men are FBI agents running in the Roman and -- investigators. They weren't there or that they were there from. From the moment I was hung from the moment I was talking of great when I got to the hospital and it when I showed up in the ambulance. Oh. And and it was it was sketch artist ever brought in so they actually to a picture of where they just took your description in the words of your description. Yes they brought it they. -- for the first suspect that they didn't have. The description. But then there were a bit then I think that he thought that saw the second suspect in the -- might one day they had extra charge them. As he drew a picture and did it look like the guy that we now know as suspect number one. What is your amazing just you know it's unbelievable that though the picture in everybody's seen pictures you the famous one with you and Carlos. Even more than that Jeff -- you bring in that the birthday gift for a Sydney Corcoran and eighteen -- they wanna talk about it tear -- that the man and around the around the world tell us how that all went and she was a couple doors down but what made you go and visit her on her -- We'll what my girlfriend earned her an early age you don't she's been great but so are. She would tell me about them. And didn't hug there like their story. And she got to carve them and I had a bunch of stuff from law caught so that's where -- work and they've been great also and they've they've brought -- a -- electronic stuff so all political. Your girls can -- and brings it up down there and that's what -- to -- and looked down or. Out of your girlfriend I'll find out you were not waiting four at the finish line and taken to the hospital how to that line of communication open up just. Honestly. You know which it took it took a long time -- find out. That she would still like -- -- Luckily she cramped up and she was a mile and they get the view that the finished -- -- -- people finish. Along. Argument yet she was very confused -- now. A long standing in that spot as we hear so many stories of people who were headed that direction or for whatever reason didn't go their or were there and left -- -- somewhere else. Just arrived there or you -- that's spot up for a long period of time. No audio church we saw Aaron actually. Everywhere I think wearable. What's -- what's so curb. Where we're commonwealth says but just 35 yup -- sixteen. That would fire out there right. Yeah we went there we are now is really fun there was a lot of people there and on each. Do we picture out of a -- -- -- him running overseer to hug and stuff we had a I. And now we read it there and then we went down to the finish line which he thought it was going to be a good idea -- And -- we just tried to find the best spot to get. Had a picture of her you know -- all of you standing there. We did our so listen that no less and now they're probably true it 25 minute and. Didn't and I talked to Aaron -- has every intention of running next year and finishing next year. What are what are your plans -- you're going to be at the finish line. And ammonia or somewhere along somewhere along the route. Yes that but my guess is the BA we'll have a place of wonder if that's true for Jeff and and and other patients as well. Yes. You know I think you already are. An inspiration everybody on the text line there was Collison Telus but I I saw you and action. And get noticed quicker should did get in a rehab as quick as she -- I think -- a lot of kids you know younger than you. You know and you know you've met some of the victims who are gonna look at you and say hell -- I -- -- -- to a man who -- you you have you -- and not just -- cork and you -- among the victims as soon. In the hospital. I I really I really did I I didn't I didn't catch it. You know it's you now -- it seemed that everyone played their room and I. The -- time no doubt in my room -- -- this lake I care would spend so much time in the wheelchair. And I get tired. I didn't have enough time. You know the victims yet. How how much of the thing did you watch MTV aside the TV on and on on the news in your room and aunts and policy keeping up with it and everybody -- -- -- well now -- couldn't put did you follow things like the rest of us did. You know every day all the developments. You know watch a little bit of -- I didn't follow it you know it is true off. But yeah -- I didn't follow it and probably -- most people -- What -- vote when they got them what about when you found out that. The guy you saw was was run over literally by his brother. Yeah. I mean -- Without problems. He's dead no facility -- The group today if the doctors Jeff. Outline what the next domino couple months are going to be like for you in the in this process. Yeah that's the thought of getting much upper upper body strength. I would itself physical training in -- spiritual training in. Helmet trying to get my hearing back here in Charlotte I can't hear for any -- And yet getting my strength -- so -- can go home. I'll tell you when I knew you going to be OK and so he told me he walked in the room I don't know what that was Thursday Wednesday. Lisa you looked up to is that Harry looked lieutenant Dan Patterson -- yeah that sounds like. Counselor Jeff. No joking around. I knew that they and they did you what was it like when -- Carlos -- all of him into the room was an emotional time when you met Carlos. Yeah very emotional very emotional until. I mean thanks so much of the day we talk every day. Excellent you excellent I'd I'd tell him this John and Kirk a tellem mote you know the Red Sox want to throw the first but he doesn't impair analysts say. They want to do with Carlos and you know his face lights up he's like awesome I'll do that I mean that's that's -- -- looks that it so. You're gonna do with Carlos correct that's the plan. Yeah although Carl. If you're -- gonna have like Carlson's. Though he did you Fedora that he output or anybody in the visiting air. You you can a lot of stuff that hats and shirts here. He gave me you know like oh yeah double sided and -- -- that a -- -- can credit many just snuck in the back door one day right and -- then. In New Orleans. Just I'm gonna try this is not meant to be an insensitive question but bottom was in your voice and you don't sound angry you don't sound. Just off and can I ask you what your feelings are about. The man who did this to you and so many other people. Yeah -- problem on the -- obviously -- I mean. In the past you know they don't look forward. And and I mean it's a great attitude you're alive and he's that -- a lot of their other people -- who lost their -- to feel in anyway like. You know you got a lot you can -- a lot to live for now. Yeah yeah. Had a lot to a global war in an office. What the report now. Will we appreciate that I know they have big plans for you to they'll Wear you out. That's the route they wanna miss and they're gonna Wear you out at rehab want to work that you have like you elect calisthenics. For tenth at 8 o'clock and I mean they're gonna work you hard. Best of luck -- but god bless you. What were -- to a -- thank you like usually it's on my friend good -- look forward shaking your head at Fenway Park UN Carlos. Aren't. Jeff -- from all agree -- work. I'm Tonys and an unbelievable attitude wise aria applause. Which I couldn't believe. And -- literally did they cart among all the people look and leave them. It was inspirational as the world of people including corporate -- -- across the hall and -- You know this healing thing is real it's he got out and he's gonna have a hospital you know in nine days that. Nine -- and the attitude of a lot to do in -- rehab and then he's gonna think he's probably for six weeks of rehab. He's gonna you know he does have a lot to live for he is going back to the work he's going back to his life. And I think a lot of people are gonna look at him this is a great example created -- I'm alive and he's dead. -- -- sit -- -- perfect. As perfect it's someone put that on T shirt I'm alive and he's dead. And you know what it's not just him it's there and narrow the people who are victims who did not come through. I would have so it's it's such such a help people find this this animal and -- get a lot but just a little bit ago we are underage and what he did yes or. Know for a certain reason -- school is that they he he provided the first description of the sky. And his friends Sully described to me because shifts obviously got a lot on his monologue on easily tells me. He writes in on the thing. Black hat sunglasses. And a black bag they immediately that he runs they run in their -- investigators FBI and bring them in. Then they go back on the go fool the film all the pictures and what do they do they looked at for a guy with a black hat and sunglasses he got a lot easier. He broke the bleep in case now. Should be a place Africa known about the sky before. I think we covered that ground and they didn't they dropped the ball. And I wonder if not project. And it's still -- there still is there was their big explosion in Times Square. You know three days later I've you know. Consider to what extent that narrowed down the -- right after they were looking at all these images they were asking for people to send in video and any images they had. They didn't know what they were looking they were looking for somebody. I don't know with a backpack I suppose when they realized that was a backpack was blown to smithereens group outside both of those but -- what the people like extra wide. And and and you gotta be 101000 people on the -- at lord and they'll be sure that's what they get. A look at for one guy and penalty helped anybody fail to alone they even thought there was two guys they didn't think this two guys at this point. But they're looking for black hat sunglasses. Whatever that jacket was penalties it was like leather but it was a little heavy that. That crowd not watching the race not smile and when an interesting he says it was have a great time except him up for him witches. If the image again with the second bomber went Marc -- -- front and all these kids just having a blast in this miserable smog evil bastard right behind him. So they -- that order right away. Wherever that where's that warehouse seaport district that we support someone's and that warehouse -- over every film including the -- and tale film. -- -- -- -- black hat and sunglasses all within ten minutes dribble he's able to remember at first evidence secondly you put that together to check out suspicious in in India that yes that's iPhone but also interesting because the picture of the first Victor -- -- Carlos and Jeff did not appear that he was in shock and other excellent. -- that -- know that he's that he was totally aware consciously set he got his lay people off he said he -- that out yet that an -- Carlos -- is probably more lottery and talking to them. He's like conversing with them I was thinking the same -- -- ones that -- opening. Are you aware of what's happening to you yet and he was -- was and he was bombed out now he was upset he was angry he was in pain. But he was slick and I saw something and it's amazing this is one day later. They can you go through that kind of dramatic injury and you wouldn't you -- straight month one day. Later I'm pretty sure it was on some payment yeah he was totally drugged up and he's saying. Even asking him he's asking them -- give me -- proactive attitude is it's unbelievable you can imagine I mean what happens if it doesn't. If he doesn't see the guy if he doesn't mean do we know to be looked at times where it might have been I I think it's not. A stretch to say those other explosives they don't call often an empty street more -- right. They go off on that somewhere the of one of the pressure -- bomb and they know how to use them. That's going off somewhere and doing some damage if not for Jeff. Those pipe bombs or whatever they call those crude homemade bomb us to what went off on empty street -- those aren't going off. There and they're going off somewhere crowded there are doing some damage if not for chip. I have the composure poise the guts to say it's. -- will take a break 61777. Point 7937 Dale Arnold joins us in the 8 o'clock hour Greg Bedard in the nine CS then.

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