9.13.14 / 4:44PM / HATFIELD, MA - DEPOT RD / BOX ALARM / CONFIRMED STRUCTURE FIRE / FIRE IN ATTIC / OCCUPANTS OUT / REQ WHATELY M/A / WMECO ETA 20 MINS
9.13.14 / 1:20PM / S DEERFIELD, MA - KELLEHER DR / POSSIBLE STRUCTURE FIRE / RP STATING FIRE IN GARAGE
FIREGROUND360° – The photos above are my reminder. They haunt and ironically, inspire me to this day. Out of all the imagery that came out of 9/11, they are the reason I became involved in the fire service.
You're probably asking yourself why these? Why not the planes striking the towers or the helpless people falling from their offices high above the New York skyline?
As I watched the coverage days and days after the event, I kept going back to the firefighters making their way up the World Trade Center stairwells. I couldn't fathom, or even imagine what was going through their minds as the event unfolded. I wondered so many things... if they were just focused on their job... if they were scared... did they think about their friends and family... did they know the situation was beyond anything they would ever face... did they know it might be a one way trip?
The images remind me that men and women who responded to this historic incident, that fateful day, had a choice. They all chose the very brave, noble and selfless act to do their job, to the best of their ability, and save people.
Being a first responder is ultimate gift you can give to humanity.
I will never forget.
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Paula and Rick Labrecque have been photographing fire scenes for over 13 years. Their work has appeared in many books, calendars, magazines and publications. Their passion is promoting public safety through their photography, while supporting the efforts of first responders everywhere.
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