We see them at the grocery store or the gas station, and we assume they have a job just like ours. But fighting fires is more than a “job.” It is a calling. The brave men and women who serve as firefighters are nothing short of heroes. These harrowing pictures show an incredible side of their lives most people never witness. We thank everyone who has and will continue to protect us without question.
This is a tribute to our fearless, unsung heroes.
A Chicago squad battles a warehouse fire during -30° temperatures
Firefighters pull a mother and daughter from a dangling car wreck
Sometimes they have to improvise
The look of exhaustion after a grueling rescue in Gary, Indiana
An Illinois firefighter helps evacuate a nursing home during intense flooding
A firefighter douses a rim fire outside of Yosemite National Park
Sharing a moment of relief following a flood evacuation
Administering oxygen to bring a cat back to life
A grateful woman is incredibly relieved to have her cat back
Thank you to all the brave men and women keeping us safe from the dangers we least expect