Firemen are important. They help to keep everybody safe, even in some of the most dangerous situations. Part of what makes heroic firemen stories inspirational is the idea of risking your own life to help another. Many firefighters have made the ultimate sacrifice to save lives.
My cousin is a fireman. It is something that he has always wanted to do. He has many of his own stories from when he was on duty. Some of them are hard for him to talk about, but others are truly inspirational. He was once even in the paper for helping during a nursing home fire. The picture showed him carrying out an elderly woman. Here face was so full of gratitude, I know those are the moments that remind him why he became a fireman: to help people in their greatest moments of need. There are stories similar to this all over.
Nobody Left Behind
Firefighters don’t only work to save people’s lives; they work hard to save any life that is in danger. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of stories online of firefighters who have worked to save the lives of animals trapped in a fire, or any dire situation.
The most stories we hear about with animals being rescued by firefighters have to do with cats and dogs, but they do so much more than that. I have heard stories and seen pictures of a firefighter bottle-feeding a koala bear water. You can see in the background of the picture that the forest has recently been burned. The fireman’s face is black; you can tell that he has been working tirelessly. Yet he takes the time to help this animal that has been suffering.
When somebody has suffered from smoke inhalation, or anything else from a fire, there is a short period of time between saving the life, and losing it. Some firefighters have not only saved animals from the fire, but preformed mouth to mouth to save their lives, or even taken off their own oxygen masks to put on a dog.
The Worst Disasters
We usually only hear heroic firefighter stories from local events in our own area, or events that make the news worldwide. The stories of firefighters actions during the September 11th attacks are some of the most inspirational stories out there.
On that day, 200 units from the New York City Fire Department, or about half of the entire department, were deployed to the site of the twin towers. Along with the NYPD, they searched the buildings, trying to find anybody who could be rescued.
While most people were running out, these men and women were running straight towards the destruction, not giving it a second thought. When the first tower collapsed, commanders gave evacuation warnings. The radio repeater system did not work properly, so many of the firefighters never got the message. Many lost their lives attempting to save others.. Their heroics will be remembered for years to come.
Firefighters are some of the most heroic people out there, running into the danger while everybody else is running out. Their bravery saves lives that would have otherwise been lost. It is important to remember these heroes, especially those who have lost their own lives helping others.
By Cassie Costner
Cassie writes on inspirational stories coming from tragic events. Besides firefighters, she is interested in how any humanitarian group functions. She also writes on preventable damage to the home, such as smoke damage, mold, fire damage.