Any branch of emergency services are trained to be ready for anything. The whole idea of an “emergency” is based on doing your best to be prepared so that when the time comes, you’ll know what to do.
The White House Fire Department in Tennessee got a call around 8 pm recently for a medical issue. Two firefighters went off to handle the call—for only two to go meant the situation wasn’t too serious.
They were just about a quarter mile down the road from the firehouse when they saw something.
In the distance, the firefighters saw what looked like smoke.
“Their senses kicked in that something wasn’t right,” Captain Rob Brewer told NewsChannel 5.
The firefighters knew they couldn’t ignore this strange occurrence, so they went towards it. And once they arrived, they saw a small house in a residential area up in flames. But as it turns out, they weren’t the only ones who saw it.
The fire was already being fought—by a Good Samaritan armed with only a fire extinguisher.
The man had reportedly seen the fire from a gas station, so he went to find a fire extinguisher to battle the fire all by himself. Though it is incredibly dangerous to combat a house fire without proper tools and gear, this resident was doing all he could to keep the flames down.
The problem was, the firefighters came unprepared, as they were only dressed for the medical call. The time it would take for them to change would be crucial given how fast the fire was spreading.
This is where the Good Samaritan came in.
His extinguisher provided enough support to allow the firefighters time to put on their gear to combat the fire.
Once they got their gear on, they properly hosed the house down, and eventually, the fire was finally out. The group caught it early, as only small parts of the house were damaged by the fire; it could’ve been a lot worse.
But it wasn’t over yet.
The firefighters went inside to save a dog that had been inside the house the entire time.
The dog, Bono, had to be carried out and was described as “lethargic,” most likely from inhaling all the smoke. Once Bono was administered oxygen, he turned out okay. And the FD was just happy to catch the fire and save the house and the dog before anything horrible happened.
“It makes it worthwhile,” Department Chief Joe Palmer told NewsChannel 5. “Our desire is to serve the public, to make a difference, we can’t always do that but in this case we did.”
It seems it was fate that all of these forces came together to save the house: a Good Samaritan with a fire extinguisher, and firefighters who weren’t even supposed to be at that house, but were.
All of them, especially the man with the extinguisher, could’ve looked past this, but they knew that they had a job to do. And that’s exactly what they did.