Oklahoma City Bombing survivor reacts to Boston bombing

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 4/17/2013 8:48 am Published: 4/16/2013 5:13 pm

Survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing say the bombings in Boston affect them in a different way.

FOX23’s Brittany Jeffers spoke to a survivor who says she is living her life to the fullest.

Sheila Kidder was working in the HUD Department of the Murrah building when the bomb went off on April 19th, 1995. The explosion killed 168 people, injured 800 others.

“I was on the 9th floor just a few feet from where the floor fell away. We were too close to the epicenter to hear the blast. The ceiling tiles fell off things started falling over and the lights went out.”

Kidder had a scuff on her shoe and her Mustang was destroyed in the parking lot, but she didn’t have a scratch. 35 of her friends and co-workers died in the bombing.

Now, 18 years later she’s not living in the past, “we choose our identities and we choose how to move on from things.”

Kidder chose to honor the future, taking the devastation of the day and channeled it in to living, as a mother, a professional and a runner.

“You never know what tomorrow is going to hold. I think I probably hug my kids a little tighter and things like that.”

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