BOSTON - A photo of a Boston fire fighter from Colonie rescuing a woman from the bomb scene at the finish of the Boston Marathon has gone viral.
The hero in the photo is a local man from Colonie, 35-year-old Jim Plourde, a Boston fire fighter who bravely rescued a woman, captured carrying her away 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 has gone viral with almost 9,000 shares and over 60,000 on NEWS CENTER's John Gray's Facebook page alone.
The NEWS CENTER spoke with Plourde's mother, who still lives in Colonie, and says she is so proud of her son.