BOSTON (CBS) – State and city leaders gathered Monday to focus on what worked in responding to last year’s Boston Marathon bombings and how they can best protect everyone at this year’s marathon.
David Fortier of Newburyport was just crossing the finish line as the bombs went off.
“What do you remember about that moment?” WBZ-TV Chief Correspondent Joe Shortsleeve asked Fortier.
“A huge flash off to my left, it felt like a brick had hit me on the side of my head…..”
He ended up with bomb fragments in his leg and he suffers from hearing loss. But he knows he was very lucky, too.
Fortier will run again this year and has only good things to say about the Boston community.
“Personally I am in a better place, I saw a lot that day … as a lot of people did and experienced a lot,” he said.
“One of the things that stands out to me is the community that formed. I actually got to see it in real time at that moment.”
Fortier was part of a daylong forum at Boston University: “Leading Cities Through Crisis: Lessons learned from the Boston Marathon.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports