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Gov. Patrick reflects on Marathon bombings, manhunt

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Months after the Marathon bombing and in Chicago for a street named in his honor, Governor Deval Patrick met survivor Karen Rand by chance at a Cubs game.

“Who should come rolling up in a wheelchair with her leg amputated but Karen. I said ‘What in the world are you doing?’ I burst into tears, she burst into tears,” Gov. Patrick said.

Having crowned the winners at the finish line, Gov. Patrick was heading home when he got a call from his daughter.

"She said dad, ‘I heard a boom and everybody's running,’” Gov. Patrick said.

The news sent shock waves and uncertainty throughout the city, and at first questions about where the governor should go. Gov. Patrick said state police wanted him away from the scene.

“We came to the state house is, which was the first place we thought of as a command center, though the state police was uncomfortable even with that because in a broader attack, the state house is a natural target,” Gov. Patrick said.

Amid the adrenaline of the response and investigation there was the emotional impact of the blast. Gov. Patrick said he felt it most during the inter-faith service attended by President Obama three days after the attacks.

“That was very powerful for me, and it hit me there,” Gov. Patrick said.

The memory brought the governor to tears.

“There wasn't a lot for me to do and I was just drained. I fell so soundly asleep on Thursday night. I got the first call at 1:00 in the morning there was a shootout in Watertown,” he said.

What started as a plan for shelter-in-place expanded to a lockdown.

“We learned about a taxi that had been stopped in Fenway with one or two suspicious persons and one or two explosive devices. We learned about a person fitting the description of the younger Tsarnaev who was running away from the, or in the have vicinity of the Moakley Courthouse,” Gov. Patrick said.

President Obama called the governor twice during the manhunt, one time on his cell while he was at the statehouse.

“He said ‘you can't keep that shelter-in-place indefinitely.’ I said ‘of course, you're right,’” Gov. Patrick said.

The shelter-in-place was lifted, and within a half-hour later, they found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

After an exhausting week, Gov. Patrick sought comfort at a favorite restaurant in Western Massachusetts.

“The hostess describes herself as my Jewish mother and said ‘let me take care of you’ and she sat me down and the food and drink kept coming. I was prepared to sit there with my book and just be quiet,” Gov. Patrick said.

Though he remembered his book, Gov. Patrick forgot his wallet. He was good for it however, and he went back and settled the bill.

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