(ABC) — Before this weekend, very few people had heard of Dave Henneberry.
That’s Henneberry seen in this picture. He was living a quiet life in Watertown and one of his passions was his rare boat, which one friend called “his baby.”
However, Henneberry’s boat got all shot up after he found the marathon bombing suspect inside and called police.
Now though, help may be on the way.
Neighbors and total strangers are rallying around one Watertown’s unexpected heroes.
“I just wanted to do something just to say we’re thinking about you and we’re supporting you and everybody in Boston,” says Richard Bliss, a California podcaster.
Bliss posted a video to YouTube, calling for people to donate money to replace Henneberry’s boat, which was destroyed in the gunfight.
“There’s so much pain and so loss that’s happened there and this just seems like another senseless loss,” Bliss adds.
People are also taking to other social media site to show their support for Henneberry, whose keen eye help put an end to the manhunt for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
However, in the confrontation between the suspect and police, his boat, a 22-foot Seahawk, became riddled with bullets.
“He’s completely shocked and he says, ‘My poor boat, my poor boat.’ I mean he’s taken care of that boat meticulously since he’s had it and now it’s full of holes,” says neighbor George Pizzuto.
Watertown’s Police Chief told ABC’s Gio Benitez that he is amazed by the outpouring of support for Henneberry.
“I got an email this morning some person in Detroit Michigan who wants to replace the boat for the Watertown resident that got shot up. I mean it’s just incredible,” says Watertown Chief Ed Deveau.
The citywide manhunt for the marathon bombing suspects is over. American’s willing to help the man who led police to capture the final suspect – that’s just beginning.