TODAY | July 11, 2013
>>> we're back at 7:41. one of the iconic images from the boston marathon bombing being rescued. now both men are speaking out in their first interview together to nbc's brian williams .
>> jeff, the sweaty guy in the cowboy hat was a welcomed sight when you needed him.
>> oh, yeah. he was the one that picked me up off the ground. he said his shoulder was hurting but he grabbed me with one hand.
>> i saw the quantity of blood and i knew jeff was a person who needed to go soon, very quick to the emergency room because he lost so much blood at the time.
>> when he came up to me, like, no. you have to go. he's great. every time i see him now he's so uplifting and so concerned with how i'm doing and how i'm feeling. and he's amazing.
>> without him, there is no you. and now you're destined to be friends for the rest of your lives.
>> pretty insane. it's cool.
>> i know when people ask you how you're doing you always answer fine. how are you different from before the marathon?
>> stronger. way stronger. i can lift my whole body weight with these. a hundred times if i want to.
>> what have you learned about the resilience of the human body ?
>> it's crazy. it's really tough. it's insane. i am a quick healer. they were calling me wolverine, one of those guys that heals really quick because i have burns, bad burns, and they were gone. i know it was great care with the nurses tending to my wounds every day that helped me but four weeks my burns were almost gone.
>> where do you see yourself in five years?
>> i really want to do something great. i want to be out there and help people. i want to just help people. that's what i want to do.
>> an amazing story of resilience.