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Boston Marathon hero firefighter inspires others

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Aspiring firefighters in a local explorer program are celebrating the heroism of another local firefighter who saved lives during the Boston Marathon five years ago.

That firefighter is Jimmy Plourde, who now lives in Boston, got his start in an explorer program in the Capital Region.

His mother says that program inspired Jimmy to dedicate his life to helping others.

“I hope he’s safe,” Janet Plourde said.

Plourde recounts the moment she learned about the Boston Marathon bombing five years ago and the fear only a mother could understand. Knowing that her son Jimmy was a firefighter in Boston working the event.

“I had some thought in the back of my mind 'oh he’s working today.' Never really thought anything about it other than to think how fortunate he was to be working the Boston Marathon on a beautiful sunny day.”

When she heard what was happening that day, she knew that Jimmy would be in the heart of the action helping the injured.

“If there were things to leap over or mountains to move to get to those patients Jimmy would do that.”

He did, a moment of heroism captured in a photo showing Jimmy carrying 20-year-old Victoria McGrath to safety. A photo that now inspires the next generation of firefighters in Jimmy’s hometown of Colonie.

“I’m so proud. Seeing that he went through the explorer post I just got through the explorer post, the sky is the limit for me," Patrick Either, Interior Firefighter at Shaker Road Loudonville Fire Dept and Former Explorer Program Chief, said

It’s no wonder Jimmy has become something of a hometown hero after all. The Shaker Road Explorer Program is where Jimmy discovered his passion for helping others.

“Jimmy’s inspiration for the fire service certainly became evident here in his hometown of Colonie. They really were a gift to Jimmy in the very beginning,” Janet said.

“Jimmy Plourde represents youth in the fire service and how they grow up to be good citizens in the community, and that’s exactly what he did that day," Patrick O’Connor, Chief of Shaker Rd Loudonville Fire Department, said. “Firefighters are heroes and he proved that day that he is a hero and he did what he was trained to do.”


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