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Colonie native’s courage goes viral

Jimmy Plourde captured on camera carrying wounded from Boston Marathon

James Plourde, a Boston firefighter from Colonie, helped an injured woman during the Boston Marathon bombing last week.

James Plourde, a Boston firefighter from Colonie, helped an injured woman during the Boston Marathon bombing last week. Ken McGagh/metrowestdailynews.com

— When he first heard of the explosion in Boston, Peter said he immediately texted his son asking if he was working, but didn’t receive a response. Shortly afterwards, Peter learned about the photo of his son spreading all over social media.

“Social media is unbelievable. I had every TV on in my house. I was like a multimedia crazy man,” Peter said. “I talked to his wife during the event and they said he’s safe, but he’s very busy. That’s the most we knew about him during the whole event.”

Although they were comforted by the photo of their son, like the rest of the nation, the Plourdes were unsure if there would be more attacks. Peter said he wasn’t able to hear directly from his son until 9 that evening.

“When I tried to reach him, I spoke to his wife and she said he wants to sit down … decompress,” Peter said. “He’s having a tough time putting this all together. He saw some things that only soldiers overseas see. It was pretty dramatic. A lot of people are going to be hurting from this for awhile.”

Peter said he was proud of his son for jumping so quickly into action, something that seems to be innate within volunteers and first responders.

“We want to run to the danger, not run away from the danger. What it is that makes the people in our group do that, I have no idea,” Peter said. “We want to help. We have something inside of us that sparks us.”

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