Firefighters in San Leandro, California, responded to a fire and ended up rescuing several people. Capt Pappas wore a helmet cam so the activities were captured as the firetruck raced through the streets, pulled up and the action began.
As a person and citizen, the story created compelling viewing. This is what people go through as firefighters and as victims. Quoting one person commenting on the story, "I thought my job was stressful, but it's pure BS compared to this."
The situation's reality intrigued The Writer in me. The breathing through the mask and adrenalin were expected. So was the mess and the sounds. The darkness within the structure surprised me, along with the very tight quarters, as did the captain's actions, stamping on a few hot spots to put them out, and then going outside and kicking water over his boots.
Seeing this reality moment, without a narrator, dramatic music to enhance the tension, and no close-ups, stop action or slow motion, helped me re-visualize these sort of situations.
I recommend watching it just to share the experience.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com