Earlier this week, the Fire Department of New York published video footage of what can only be described as an incredible heroism feat.
According to the footage, a firefighter named Brian Quinn had gone deep into a fire-ridden building in Harlem to rescue a woman.
A firefighter looks on during a wildfire mission | Photo: Pixabay
The video showed a woman screaming and panicking from the 16th floor of a building as it bellowed smoke. Quinn reportedly explained that he and a fellow firefighter — named Pat Chiarel — went to the floor above the woman while others tried to get through the flames.
Quinn pointed out that his top priority was to keep the woman calm and reduce her panicking. He explained that she had tried to jump out of her floor. However, he managed to keep things calm. The firefighter added:
"Eventually, smoke started lifting when the guys downstairs started breaking windows, and it started clearing out."
Even while the other firefighters worked to clear the smoke, Quinn explained that the woman was still terrified.
However, he was there to hold her up and keep her against the glass. So, even if she decided to jump, she would be safe.
Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro explained that rescue feats like those are rare.
The entire smoke cleared, and firefighters were able to move into the apartment. The panicking woman calmed down too, and she could enter her department without being lowered to the ground.
For those who watched on, Quinn's actions were reminiscent of something out of a superhero movie. One onlooker said to reporters:
"He was like Spider-Man, Superman, coming out that window, encasing her body to make her feel safe."
A firefighter looks on during a mission on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin | Photo: Getty Images
Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro explained that rescue feats like those are rare. He added that it shows the heroism of the firefighters.
However, Quinn pointed out that he and his team had been practicing some fire rescue drills for a while now. Apparently, they came in handy.
The Commissioner was also full of praise for how Quinn managed to hold his composure while keeping the woman calm. They say firefighters are the real heroes — feats like these show why people believe in that so much.