They rush in to buildings while others rush out.
It’s a refrain that makes our hearts soar with pride, because we know our country is filled with selfless heroes willing to lay down their lives for a fellow person in need. Now, thanks to a new video released this week, we get to see that mantra in action – and it’s as awe inspiring as you’d imagine.
After a small plane crashed into a neighborhood on Monday, at least two homes burst into flames. Firefighters arrived at the chaotic scene and immediately went to work.
In a short but dramatic new video, two firefighters can be seen rushing directly into a home that was completely engulfed in flames after they heard “moans” for help.
Tragically, four people died in the plane crash, but firefighters were able to rescue two women, who are both now recovering from their injuries.
Sylvia Farelas remains in intensive care recovering while Stacey Pierce is in critical condition with severe burns. Both were pulled from the burning inferno, thanks to the efforts of three firefighters – two of whom could be seen rushing into a hellish fire without hesitation.
Riverside Station 3’s Captain Chuck Tasker was one of them. He was pulling debris from the front of the home when something captured his attention.
“I couldn’t see anything, but I heard a moan for help,” he said. Using a thermal imaging camera the firefighters were able to determine her location. The moment they saw her image, they immediately rushed into the home and found her laying face down on a bed. “There was a lot of heat, a lot of debris in that room,” Tasker explained.
David Nelson (who sports an impeccable mustache, incidentally) also rushed in to help assist with the rescue.
But, in typical hero fashion, he and the others all insist they are not heroes.
“We love our jobs and we try our hardest to the best and the right thing every time,” Nelson said.
They fought the fires four hours and well into the night. When they returned to the station, mentally and physically exhausted, they were greeted with a familiar sound. The alarm for another fire – and so they did what they always do: gear up and head out.
Watch the video below – and share the good!
(h/t: NBC4 Los Angeles)
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