If you may have read my last post here , you saw that we had a traumatic event when we lost the truck & camper we had spent the last 18 months custom building. That event was 5 weeks ago this week. The pain and drama of it all has worn off, and we are moving on.
Today… a fellow fire fighter sent us photos that someone going the opposite direction on the double divided highway had taken of John fighting his own truck fire. It’s not often you get to see yourself in action at a major event in your life.
All I have to say is… it’s a small world, that these photos found their way to us. What are the odds. It has brought it all back for us… though we are still in the middle of cleaning up the aftermath, but the emotions of the moment are brought back to the forefront.
BTW… the guy with the fire extinguisher in his hand (on the left) trying to put out the flames before the fire department arrived is John (my husband… and hero). The guy standing behind the truck is a guy who was on his way to fire school… where John was headed… who was kind enough to loan him his fire extinguisher.
There has been a myriad of details that have come to light just in the stories that John recalls from the frenzy of events of that day. The one that sticks the most in my mind is the fact that he estimates he had 2 minutes to get out of the truck. He had tried to get back into the truck after trying to put out the engine fire to claim other goods. In the midst of the engine fire, the doors of the truck had automatically locked. Had John been inside he wouldn’t have been able to get out. As it was he escaped with nothing more than the clothes on his back. The Blue Ridge Fire Department t-shirt he is wearing, is the only one he has left, as all the others he had were destroyed in the fire… along with everything else in our 20 year old truck, less than year old utility bed and camper top… all GONE and destroyed in the fire.
Sooooo…. there is a moral to this story.
We have purchased rescue tools for all our friends.
John has one tie wrapped to the hold bar on my Jeep. Everyone should have one. It may save your life one day. Get one today. They are cheap. It’s like a center punch… one little click and it shatters the window and allows one to get out. Never know when you might need one.