of That Day
It was a beautiful
Saturday morning in March. Most people were just
getting their day started. Shortly after 9:00am
we were dispatched to a single family dwelling
that was on fire. We were advised that there was
no one in the residence. Our first unit arrived
on scene within minutes. He was told by
bystanders, they didn't think anyone was home.
There were no cars in the drive and no real
signs that anyone was home. When the first in
truck arrived, firefighters suited up with
breathing apparatus and began to make entry.
Within a minute of entry the nightmare began.
Details of the whole event
are way to hard to put on here. After
firefighters were done, they had brought out
five children (3 yrs & under), one adult male
and one adult female that was pregnant. None of
which had survived the fire.
During the process of
rescue and fighting the fire, it was clear that
our firefighters were letting the days events
take a toll on them. Frustration and anxiety
were replaced by wanting to be with our own
families. Not wanting to stay at the scene in
this nightmare was overruled by not wanting to
leave incase we could help the family in any
way. Friends and neighbors poured in from all
around the community. About two hours after the
nightmare started, about 200 people filled the
valley where we were.
We left the scene at a
little after 3:00pm and returned to the station.
Most of us sit around the station just talking
about what had happened. We were all just trying
to come to grips with such a horrible day.
We were joined that
day by several agencies from the area. We would
like to thank them for being with us that day.
Knox County EMS
State Fire Marshals Office
Kentucky State Police
Knox County Sheriff
We are often
ask "how do you continue to do this after such a
day?" The first answer is that we believe in
God. Things happen as they are suppose too and
we won't always understand why. Secondly,
accidents, fires, injuries and death will
continue. If we quite and no one helps, they
will always turn out bad. By helping, a lot of
the times, things turn out good. If you're
looking for a high that tops all others and last
for years to come. Just help someone!
consider ourselves heroes. We don't think we are
special. We do sometimes think we are crazy, as
others have told us. We are just led to help
people. Just as the Bible says, you should help
your neighbor. Our neighborhood just doesn't
have a boundary.