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Former Mayor Menino embodies 'Boston Strong'

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Former Mayor Tom Menino was in the hospital when the bombs went off at the Marathon finish line last year. A physically weak Mayor Menino showed how “Boston Strong” he was.

“I was in the hospital at the time. It was 2:59 in the afternoon. My security ran into my room and said mayor, a bomb just went off at the finish line,” Menino said.

After a quick phone call to the police commissioner, Menino checked himself out.

“I said I have to get out of here. The nurses helped me and I went to the press conference at 5:00 that night,” Menino said.

Menino worked around the clock getting around in the wheelchair but he made a point of standing through his pain when addressing the city.

“My mind is thinking about how can we make sure the people know we're in charge. Keep calm,” Menino said.

“Nothing can defeat the heart of this city. Nothing,” Menino said last year as he addressed the city the night following the marathon bombings.

The week went on and tension and fear in the city grew, especially as the city locked down in the midst of a massive manhunt for the bombing suspects.

“It came across the police radio, and they said mayor, we got the suspect,” Menino said.

An emotional finish to the week and now Former Mayor Menino is looking to a triumphant finish at this year's marathon.

“A sigh of relief and I'll say ‘Boston police, thank you, you did a good job again,’” Menino said.

Menino has not officially said if he plans to spend Marathon Monday, but he is scheduled to speak in the Hynes Convention Center around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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