HERO FIREFIGHTERS SAVE
LIVES IN MUDSLIDE
It is not only ordinary citizens that can amaze, inspire, and touch us with their passion and bravery.
Even public service agents like military personnel and rescue teams, who every day risk their lives in the name of protection of others, can go above and beyond the call of duty. In 2018, Southern California was hit by a barrage of earth-shattering mudslides that shook and dismantled the very foundation of homes. Rescue efforts were mobilized quickly and coordinated by firefighter Maeve Juarez.
They stabilized the situation and left the area as night had fallen. Mere moments after they left, a gas explosion set the neighboring houses and bridge ablaze. Juarez was back on the scene in minutes. As she arrived, a couple was plunging from their home, now engulfed in flame. The woman’s ankles broke from the fall, and Juarez carried her a quarter-mile away to be airlifted to safety. Juarez swiftly called her team back in and they worked tirelessly through the night, sifting through the debris while battling flames and mud.
Juarez and her team reportedly saved over 100 lives that night. She and her colleague Andy Rupp were presented with the first Medal of Valour awards ever to reach the Montecito Fire Department.
Clancy's comment: Great work, team.