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Norden Brothers plan on starting business

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STONEHAM, Mass. (WHDH) - JP and Paul Norden were on Boylston Street last year, waiting for a friend to finish the Boston Marathon when they both became victims of the bombing.

“I tried to get up and I put this leg like, I was trying to get up on the ground and it was missing so I couldn't get up. I was on fire and I was putting myself out,” JP said.

Paul also lost a leg when the bomb exploded.

“I looked right over to my right and I saw my leg. It was off.  And I saw my leg.  My mind wanted to reach for it, but my body wouldn't let me,” he said.

The brothers were standing just feet from one of the bombs.

“At first you're like this is bad, this is bad. But after that, I don't know if your mind tells you something different, but I just didn't care about that. I just wanted to be saved,” JP said.

After the first blast, the brothers threw Paul's girlfriend over the barricade.

“The last thing I can remember is my hand on her back.  That's all I can really say,” Paul said.

After the explosion the brothers were separated and brought to the hospital, the first time they talked after they began to realize what had happened.

“I think I FaceTimed him and I said I lost my leg and he said me too,” Paul said.

One year later the brothers are hard at work, trying to rebuild their lives.

With their new prosthetics they go to the gym regularly and are planning to start a roofing business.

They've also been going around the country speaking about their experiences. They say they're trying to be an inspiration to others.

“It takes a tragedy to open a lot of eyes. But for us we've been blessed with people, whatever they've done for us; just lending a kind word, money or all that. We're very thankful,” JP said.

The Norden Brothers were two of five bombing victims from Stoneham. Friday afternoon the town’s Boys and Girls Club held a blood drive as Boston Remembers and prepares for this year’s race.
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