Fort McMurray firefighter’s desperate attempt to save his brother’s house captured in dramatic photo

Fort McMurray

I had to share this amazing article and picture that speaks a thousands words. The picture has me captivated. It is about brotherly love, the perseverance to keep fighting till the end, and the humanity that is in us all.

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Fort McMurray firefighter’s desperate attempt to save his brother’s house captured in dramatic photo

Mel Angelstad knew this was no ordinary fire. And he knew that for Jamie Germain, this was no ordinary house. The two-storey residence belonged to Jamie’s twin brother, Scott — an acting captain in the Fort McMurray fire department who was pushing back against the flames two streets away.

Jamie Germain took off his jacket, dropped to his knees and trained his hose on the smoking remains of a Fort McMurray home. From the driveway, he could see the top floor had collapsed into the basement and ash-dusted embers still glowed underneath.

Behind him, his partner Mel Angelstad knew this was no ordinary fire. And he knew that for Germain, this was no ordinary house.

The two-storey residence belonged to Jamie’s twin brother, Scott — an acting captain in the Fort McMurray fire department who was pushing back against the flames two streets away.

Looking from his fire truck at the extraordinary scene before him, Angelstad knew he would carry the image the rest of his life.

“I knew I wouldn’t forget what happened there,” he told the Star. “I could see the feeling Jamie was having towards it, that he felt as if he let his brother down but he did everything he could.

So Angelstad pulled out his iPhone to capture a moment shared among the 20 or so Fort Mac firefighters who lost their own homes to a wildfire devouring the community, yet remarkably went on to save others and, eventually, most of the city.

Still, the astonishing connections in the tale of the northern Alberta city’s fight for survival did not end there.

When the battle came to a close, Jamie could not bring himself to call his brother, to be the voice that would tell him his house was gone.

 

Source: The Toronto Star

 

There was a touching follow up article about how his twin brother didn’t blame him at all for not being able to save his house. No resentment, no bitterness, just acceptance of what is and how much his brother fought for him.

Such a great reminder that even in a the tragic moments, the catastrophe of the wildfires rampage throughout, there are people fighting for others, risking their lives and supporting each other through it all.

My thoughts and prayers with everyone in Alberta, facing the horrific fires that are still blazing. And to the amazing people who are fighting the fires, offering support, help and compassion. Inspiring show of humanity in Alberta and Canada.

 

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