There are heroes and heroines we don’t speak about, yet their impact on our lives is important. We only remember them in times of tragedy and forget when tragedy is far away.
In times of unspeakable tragedy, firefighters are often the unsung heroes. They are always the first people on the fire scene. They receive training to deal with the direst situations involving life and death. Firefighters are brave and life-saving individuals.
This is a revisit of the story of one such incident involving two firefighters in a burning house. It demonstrates how capable these men are.
A firefighter showed an extreme presence of mind. The footage is from two decades ago, saving an infant.
A fire broke out in a house on Hebble Avenue in Fairborn, Ohio. Bob Swick and Scott Lewis, two firefighters, became the rescuers at the center of the blazing fire.
Lewis was inside the building. A woman was waiting outside, desperate to see if Lewis had returned with her baby, Chelsea.
Time was running out, so Bob Swick decided to climb up the ladder and assist his partner in the search for the baby. Smoke had engulfed the whole house, and it was scary.
Bob Swick was reaching the top of the roof when his partner appeared at the window holding a baby. Lewis and the baby had emerged from a smoke-filled room, and the infant had inhaled some of it. Swick ripped off his mask and prepared to do whatever it took to save a life.
Swick began CPR on the baby without wasting a single moment. He never cared that he was climbing down the ladder while holding an infant in his arms.
This act was a demonstration of mental fortitude and capability. Swick climbed backward down the ladder while holding a baby in his arms and performing CPR. Chelsea was then rushed to the hospital and stayed for a week.
Before the rescue, the baby stayed trapped in a smoke-filled room. She may have inhaled an unhealthy amount of it.
This story was worth mentioning because many people assume that men in uniform are just at work. Bob and Lewis were good at their work. Their bravery was worth noting.
The video dates from May 2002. It was shared on Facebook in July 2012 by the Fairborn Fire Department.
This story reminds us how good people can be in the lives of everyone. Others go beyond their limits and endanger their lives to save others’ lives.
We learn that ‘whatever you do, be good at it. One way or the other, it might be able to save a life. Let us be heroes every day.