Roane County Sheriff says he's "thankful to be alive" after Bost

Roane County Sheriff says he's "thankful to be alive" after Boston Marathon bombing

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Sheriff Jack Stockton was waiting for his wife, Tara, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. Sheriff Jack Stockton was waiting for his wife, Tara, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off.
"I heard an explosion that rocked the entire ground and the buildings around me," Sheriff Stockton said. "I heard an explosion that rocked the entire ground and the buildings around me," Sheriff Stockton said.
"It was a real eerie feeling, not having any traffic, none of the businesses are open," said Tara Stockton. "It was a real eerie feeling, not having any traffic, none of the businesses are open," said Tara Stockton.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - The terror from the Boston Marathon bombing is all too real for Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton, and his wife, Tara.

Tara was running the marathon and Sheriff Stockton was on his way to the finish line when the bombs went off. They were also in Boston on Friday when the city went on lockdown during the manhunt for suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The Stocktons flew back to East Tennessee Sunday and were back at work on Monday.  

"I'm thankful to be alive," said Sheriff Stockton. "Thankful to be an American. I'm thankful to be around family and friends."
   
Sheriff Stockton was only a few blocks from the finish line when the bombs went off.

"I heard an explosion that rocked the entire ground and the buildings around me," he said.

His first thoughts were where his wife Tara who was running the marathon. He was unable to reach her by cell phone.

"It was over an hour before I got a text from my wife telling me she was ok," said Sheriff Stockton.

"It was just an immediate embrace, very emotional," said Tara Stockton, after reuniting with her husband. "We had a lot of emotions happening in that hour and 15 minutes, everything runs through your mind."

Tara Stockton was a half mile from the finish line when the bombs went off. She didn't hear or see the bombs go off.

"I started seeing all the people from, all the non-runners, get onto the course and that's not normal," she said.

The Stocktons had already planned to stay the week in Boston and on Thursday night ate dinner in Watertown, the area where the two suspects were chased down just hours later.

"Oddly enough that was three blocks from where all the shooting had taken place," said Tara Stockton.

Then on Friday, they stayed in their hotel as the entire city of Boston was put on lockdown.

"It was a real eerie feeling, not having any traffic, none of the businesses are open," said Tara.

The Stocktons say the experience is something they will never forget.

"I think that one thing for sure it tells me, that Americans are strong," said Sheriff Stockton. "You can not break their will or their spirit, and there is a lot of good people in America. Together we stand strong, there's no doubt."

This was Tara Stockton's fifteenth marathon. She said this experience is not going to keep her from running in the future.

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