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Menino remains Boston Strong one year later

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Before last year's Boston Marathon began, Tom Menino was so physically weak he needed a cane to walk.  But when the bombs went off on Boylston Street, no one in Boston was stronger.

"I was in the hospital at the time," said Menino. "It was 2:50 in the afternoon.  My security ran into my room and said to me, ‘Mayor, a bomb just went off at the finish line’ and I said ‘get the Police Commissioner on the line so I can find out what's really going on.’  And then I said, ‘I have to get out of here,’ so I got dressed, the nurses helped me, and I went to the first [press] conference at 5 o'clock that night."  
As the Mayor of Boston on April 15, 2013, Menino said, "My condolences and our prayers to the families involved in this explosion."
Andy Hiller asked, "Were you in physical pain during that week?"
Menino:  "Well yeah, that's not, there's a lot of people who had a lot more physical pain than I did. You know, I wasn't worried about myself.  You know, people were very nervous about it.  Nobody ever expected this to happen in Boston."
Hiller:  "You had to make public appearances, what are you thinking as you're there and do you know what people are counting on you to do?"
Menino:  "My mind was thinking about ‘how can I make sure the people know that we're in charge of the city?' Keep calm."
At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Menino addressed the crowd in 2013 saying, "Nothing can defeat the heart of this city.  Nothing."
Menino:  "That's why I did all those events.  I was in a wheelchair but I wanted to get out there and show people I was as strong as they were."
Hiller:  But as you're trying to be in charge, the city is going a little crazy, at one point it all gets locked down.  What are you thinking?"
Menino:  "I had faith in the Police Department of Boston, they would find him and get him and they did.  And it came across the police radio.  It said, ‘Mayor, we got the suspect.’"  

In Watertown, Menino addressed the police over the radio saying, "You did a great job. The people of Boston are proud of you, especially the Mayor of Boston.  I'm very proud of what you've done.  Thanks a lot guys."  
Menino:  "The thing that impressed me the most afterwards, was how I drove out of Watertown, and people were on street corners, singing 'God Bless America' waving the American flag. That was really impressive to me."

Hiller:  "When does the marathon end for you? When the last person finishes? Or when everybody is home safe?"
Menino:  "The first 2 or 3 hours are the real beginning of it and that's when the big crowds are there.  So I think if anything was going to happen and if you read all about terrorism that's when they'd do something, as the day goes on the crowds decrease."
Hiller:  "So you'll breathe a real sigh of relief as the crowd starts thinning out in the late afternoon."
Menino: "No question about it. A sigh of relief and I'll say 'Boston Police, thank you, you did a good job again.'"

During our interview, Mr. Menino told me he didn't know where he'd be for this year's Marathon, because he isn't Mayor anymore and doesn't get as many invitations.
But a good source tells me he'll be at the finish line, just where he should be.
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