We Call Them Heroes: True Stories about unique people

 
9781449056728: We Call Them Heroes: True Stories about unique people
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This book tells true stories about unique people - firefighters - compiled and written by a firefighter who lived and worked with them for thirty-two years. When others are running to escape from a burning building, these unique people are hurrying to enter the building. When a ticking time bomb forces the evacuation of a commercial building, these same people hurried to deactivate it. When two young men were clinging desperately to life in a raging river, these dedicated people rushed to their rescue, knowing full well they could lose their own lives in the effort. In our present day, self-indulgent society spiraling more and more out of control, it is a story that needs to be told. A story about selfless people dedicated to helping others, much as our forefathers did so many years ago. There is a common thread running through them. When being congratulated for making a daring rescue, they more than likely will say, "Anyone of the others would have done the same, given the opportunity. "But a grateful survivor of the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack had a different view. While being interviewed the day after the collapse that took the lives of over three hundred firefighters, she described them most succinctly when she said, "As we were going down the stairs on the thirty-sixth floor, I saw an unbelievable sight. Firemen were coming up the stairs, going toward where we had just escaped. They say they are only doing their jobs, but . . . we call them heroes. "These are their stories . . .

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He spent the last fifteen years of his thirty-two year career in some of the busiest fire districts in the Columbus Ohio Fire department. One of the fire stations he worked out of received the dubious honor of being the busiest in the USA. Born and raised in Columbus, he attended Capital University and Columbus State Community College and spent two years in the US Army Engineers during the Korean War. He and his wife of fifty-two years, Barbara, have two grown daughters and three grand-daughters. Somewhere in the latter years of his career, he realized the need to put together a book about the unique people he worked with; selfless, dedicated, gifted people - many who showed a strong faith. In our society today there is a need for genuine heroes we can look up to; someone our children can emulate. Chief Smith believes we need to look no further than the red emergency vehicles going up and down our streets, driven by these very people.

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