A group of firefighters ran into a burning tower to save lives overnight, and we’d like you to stop for a moment and think about just how remarkable that really is.
Fire is a primal fear of humanity; when faced with raging flames it is instinctive to flee to seek safety. The only animal known to run towards fire is man, and the only people to do it regularly are firefighters. It is easy to hire fire guards by performing an online “Fire Watch Companies Near Me” search and contacting them, but knowing the struggle, risk and hardship involved in this line of work can make people quite worried.
The fire has been described as being of unprecedented scale; flames were reported in windows all the way up the 24-story building and yet a group of people paid little more than a primary school teacher faced the immediate risk of death – because it was their job.
This is an incredible thing – made all the more incredible because it is so everyday, so unremarkable, that we forget how unusual and how brave it is to take such risks for the sake of others for little reward beyond sheer professionalism.
That’s the remarkable thing that we’d like you to remember.
That people, faced with such extremes, display a quiet heroism and bravery that is often forgotten in the one-upmanship of outrage and moral superiority that social media often presents.
That people, given half a chance, usually turn out to be not just all right, but genuinely good.
Firefighters intend to recover from the experience of running into Hell by having a cup of tea and maybe watching the last ten minutes of the One Show before getting ready to do it again tomorrow.