The scene hit home hard.
“It was mayhem,” Madore said. “I’ve been to Iraq a couple of times, and up and down the road. You expect it there. But I couldn’t believe the devastation here.”
The Somerville, Mass., native said he had walked that area of Boylston Street many times as a child, had taken his own children there and enjoyed the neighborhood.
“You just never expect that to happen,” Madore said.
Once the victims were transported to hospitals, the soldiers remained to help clean up and keep the area secure.
Madore’s response came as no surprise to his sister Debbie Wallace of Derry.
“It never shocked us for a minute that he would do this,” she said.
Madore was among those honored Sunday during the Boston Bruins’ “Shirt Off Their Back” ceremony. Emergency workers and first responders were celebrated for their efforts.
Wallace said her brother never asked to be in the limelight, but acted quickly as he is trained to do to help others.
“He’s a very humble person,” she said.