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Marathon hero Jimmy Plourde reflects at Marathon Memorial

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Bits and pieces plucked from the overwhelming Marathon Memorial at Copley Square are now on display the Boston Public Library.

Boston Firefighter and Marathon bombing hero, Jimmy Plourde took a trip to the memorial.

“I’m surprised, you know at times you can feel the emotion welling up when you look at this stuff,” Plourde said.

About 150 pairs of shoes were given to Boston. Posters, crosses, and messages from the public are on display at the memorial.

Some messages speak directly to Plourde.

One message reads, “Thank you for saving our citizens, so this is to you, thank you to our first responders.”

“I love it. Kids stop by the firehouse, and it’s just awesome. Not many jobs where kids stop by and they want to play at your desk. They love it because of what we do and what we stand for,” Plourde said.

Plourde is also speaking about his 2-year-old daughter. She loves to see her dad in his uniform.

“My 2-year-old daughter, she runs around saying, ‘daddy helps, daddy helps,’” Plourde said.

Plourde’s wife and daughter Kaylee were at the finish line last Marathon Monday, but thankfully left before the first bomb exploded.

“I got a text 19 minutes before the bomb when off, saying ‘Kaylee's tired we are going home, love you” Plourde said.

Remembering that moment brought Plourde to tears.

“19 minutes would have changed my life forever, my daughter was in a stroller so she was low to the ground, my wife pregnant,” Plourde said.

His family was safe, and so are others because Plourde reacted the only way he knew how.

He carried Victoria McGrath to safety and went back for others.

“It’s something I’ll never forget. You know, a lot of people associate that day with the picture of me and Victoria but I associate the day with the picture of me and my family,” Plourde said.

Carrying on the tradition of Boston's bravest, Plourde adds his own note to the messages of hope and strength for his fallen brothers and those that will be standing strong this Marathon Monday.

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