Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Speaks Out (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Michael Klopfenstein INC

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 5:40 PM EDT

UNITED STATES (www.nbc33.com) – A Boston Marathon Bombing survivor speaks out for the first time to NBC’s Brian Williams about his traumatizing experience.

Jeff Bauman, the man whose picture has been seen around the world, told Brian Williams about how he stood next to the man who would soon be known as the accused culprit of the bombings.

“He wasn't with anybody. He was standing right next to me.” Bauman said. “… I was like ‘who's he with?’, ‘what's he's doing?’ It was kind of weird… just out of place.”

Bauman also played a crucial role in speeding up the investigation to find the bomber. He says he feels good knowing that his contribution was helpful to solving this investigation and he’s glad that the bomber’s pursuits ended in Boston.

When asked how he is staying mentally sound, Bauman says that staying active keeps his mind off of everything.

“You can't really replay it because it's in the past.” Bauman says. “You gotta move forward.”

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