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Photo goes viral of local rescuer in Boston

This photo of Boston Fire Fighter Jim Plourde, of Colonie, rescuing woman from bomb scene has gone viral. This photo of Boston Fire Fighter Jim Plourde, of Colonie, rescuing woman from bomb scene has gone viral.
Jim Plourde placing woman on stretcher (Photo provided by family) Jim Plourde placing woman on stretcher (Photo provided by family)

COLONIE, N.Y. - Among the hundreds of images evolving from the act of terrorism in Boston, comes one showing an act of heroism.

The hero in the picture is a local man from Colonie, 35-year-old Jim Plourde, a Boston firefighter who bravely rescued a woman from the bomb scene at the Boston Marathon.

"There was a guy with a young girl, and he's like, ‘you've got to help her,' and he just started putting the tourniquet on and I said, ‘you got to get out of here,' and he said ‘you got to take her out.' And I said ‘I got this,' and I tied the tourniquet on. And there was a woman and I said ‘you gotta leave,' and she's like, ‘this is my daughter, I'm not going anywhere,'" said Plourde who spoke with NEWS CENTER's Meagan Farley in Boston.

Whether or not he sees the girl again, Plourde says he did it because it's his job, and he has a 15-month-old daughter himself.

"I was very excited at 4:30 when she started crying, you know, to get up and just give her a big hug," said Plourde about his daughter.

The photo of the rescue has gone viral. With almost 9,000 shares and over 60,000 likes on NEWS CENTER's John Gray's Facebook page alone.

The NEWS CENTER spoke with Plourde's mother, who still lives in Colonie.

"Our worry just increased as the day went on," said Janet Plourde.

As Plourde began receiving phone calls Monday about explosions at the Boston Marathon, panic set in, as she knew her son 35-year-old Boston fire fighter Jim Plourde was working at the marathon.

"You certainly never know were police, fire, and EMS the next to be targeted? Were there more blasts expected?" said Plourde.

She felt some comfort when friends and family alerted her to a photo of her son carrying a young victim of the blasts.

"Just overwhelming emotion. Just well he's OK. He looks OK. What's going to happen next. It's the unexpected," said Plourde.

Plourde was not able to hear her sons voice until Tuesday morning. She says it was clear he had seen and been through a lot.

"Patriot's Day is like Christmas for these people, and I really think Jimmy is just so horrified that it happened. Targeting that day and somebody who really loves the city, the people and what he does," said Plourde.

As Janet Plourde continued to look at photos of her son, many calling him an American hero, she said she was not surprised by his actions.

"There's a certain amount of pride a as parent to see your son running towards the disaster and helping people. It's who he is. He's just always been the guy that's there to help," said Plourde.

As many people have seen horrific and heartbreaking video and photos of the tragic event, The photos of her son seem to be giving hundreds of thousands of people viewing them some sort of hope during such a dark time.

"I think when they look at Jimmy running that's their redemption that somebody reached out and went and ran and protected," said Plourde.



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