Wilmington firefighters recognized for heroic effort during Hurricane Florence

Wilmington firefighters recognized for heroic effort during Hurricane Florence

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Sons of the American Revolution recognized Wilmington firefighters at Station 2 Thursday for their “heroic efforts to rescue a family of three when they were crushed by a tree that had fallen through their residence during Hurricane Florence.”

Firefighters at Station 2 of the Wilmington Fire Department were honored by the Sons of the American Revolution for their “heroic efforts to rescue a family of three when they were crushed by a tree that had fallen through their residence during Hurricane Florence.” (Source: WECT)
Firefighters at Station 2 of the Wilmington Fire Department were honored by the Sons of the American Revolution for their “heroic efforts to rescue a family of three when they were crushed by a tree that had fallen through their residence during Hurricane Florence.” (Source: WECT) (WECT)

The station, along with others, was called to action when a tree fell on the house of a family, killing the mother and infant baby. The rescue team did everything it could and saved the father, who was hospitalized.

First responders were called one-by-one Thursday to receive certificates for the work they’ve done.

The station says it’s all part of the job, and the firefighters understand that. However, some situations tend to make a bigger impact on them than others.

“These men and women are very close and sometimes kneeling in prayer like they did very much helps with that healing process," said Fire Chief Buddy Martinette.

Each firefighter was called by name to accept their recognition, with some echoing that it was very humbling.

The group, famously known for taking a knee and praying after the incident concluded that what they do is part of the job. It’s not always easy, and the memories can be hard to forget but it makes them understand how precious life can be.

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