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April 24th, 2013
07:03 PM ET

Boston bombings is business and personal for one ICE official

For one Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official, the investigation into the bombings is not just business, it's personal. Richard Coleman was standing with friends at the finish line when the bombs went off, and told his story for the first time to CNN.

Coleman said he was outside a restaurant, and was knocked to the ground after the second bomb. He got up and rushed into the restaurant looking for friends, and began helping victims in the aftermath of the attack.

Coleman was wearing a work jacket, one that had the words police on it, and people looked to him for guidance. He started shepherded people to the back of the restaurant, and it was when he was standing there that people around him noticed something was amiss.

"Five or ten people walked by and gave me a once over with a wide-eyed look," said Coleman. Finally, one woman walked by and told Coleman he was bleeding death.

"I looked down and I was standing in about a 2-foot circumference pool of my own blood," said Coleman. "A piece of the bomb had gone into my foot ... and had severed the artery in my leg."

Coleman said he did not feel anything at the time. Now walking around in a cast, he said his leg is immensely better this week.

"Some of the tendons and muscles were torn out by the shrapnel," said Coleman. "They said I should get somewhere between 80 and 90% use of my foot back."

Coleman's same unit with ICE was involved in the operation in Watertown, Massachusetts early Friday morning, the shootout that resulted in the death of the older bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

"I would have been there had I not been injured in the blast," said Coleman. "Watching that on TV was a little aggravating."

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