TODAY   |  April 18, 2013

Firefighter on bombing victim: ‘She was a brave girl’

Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourd talks about Victoria McGrath, 20, a victim he rescued at the Boston Marathon bombing, saying “she was scared” but she was “a brave girl.” Kerry Sanders talks to Plourd, whom McGrath hopes to thank in person.

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>>> and we are learning more about one of the boston bombing victims who was seen in a touching photograph of the scene. kerry sanders talked to her rescuer on tuesday and has an update. good morning to you.

>> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. we now know her name, victoria mcgrath, 22 years old, a student at northeastern university here at the medical center on wednesday, she had surgery to repair nerve damage to her leg. victoria mcgrath lists in her online resume that she's a business major at northeastern university . a native of connecticut who has worked at banana republic and as a waitress while attending school. that's her being rescued on monday and, again, in these still photos. the massachusetts governor visiting victims met victoria on tuesday.

>> one young woman named victoria .

>> and put out a call to find her rescuer.

>> she was scared, she was carried, i think, by a firefighter, we think by a firefighter to the medical tent.

>> we've found that firefighter. he not only saved victoria , but also comforted her in the chaos.

>> you know, somebody said were you shielding her? and said no, she was holding on for dear life to me.

>> she was cowering in your arms.

>> she wasn't crying on scene. she was scared, she looked me in the eyes and said, i'm scared, i need help. and i said, i'll do my best, let's get you out of here.

>> reporter: victoria 's mother tells nbc news, when her daughter's up to it, she certainly would like to meet the firefighter who saved her life. savannah?

>> i bet she would. nice story. thank you so much.