Timmy’s Legacy

Name of Hero: Tim Lindner

Hero City: Darlington

Submitted by: Marissa

Being in the fire service for a short 6 years has been monumental.

But a man who had really changed my life, has now passed on. Timmy was Chief of my volunteer department way before my time and had been in the service for 49 years, 32 in DTVFD.

As I joined as a junior (3 yrs), Tim was appointed as my probationary mentor. Being a female in the service was rough, but Tim truely took this mentorhip to the next level. He took me under his wing in the fire service and life. He treated me like his very own grandchild, bluntly honest and lovingly worried.

Tim passed 3 months ago from a heart attack off duty. He didn’t get half the recognization he deserved due to being off duty. And what a shame that will always be.

The Teachers

Hero City: worldwide

Submitted by: Julie

It is touching to read all the stories.

One part of the system that I don’t often hear about is all the teachers. As a paramedic student there is no way I would be able to be learning to do something I love, something I am passionate about without them. The instructors I have not only spend their time teaching but are also working paramedics. Without people like them, dedicated to ensuring we become the best paramedics possible no one would be able to become a paramedic.

So to all those who not only commit them selves to saving strangers and helping them in times of need but also dedicate their lives to allow others to do the same, Thank You.

My Wife

Name of Hero: DORA

Hero City: evansville

Submitted by: dean

My wife is a full time paramedic and full time mommy all at the same time. She always seems to keep things together and does her best with her work schedule to make family time. We are both paramedics so that makes it very hard to manage, but she seem to make it work.

I have learned that if there is still someone in need, my wife has a hard time say no to taking another call so sometimes she is late, but she always treats her patients as if they are family. She truely loves her job. She is my everyday hero.

Help when needed

Name of Hero: Station 1

Hero City: Grayson

Submitted by: Nikki Stone

Well the story is about my dad. He has high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat and a bad knee.

Our next city over had a structure fire at 4:00 in the morning there were 6 stations there (all volunteer) it was a carpet factory. He was to go in. He did. After he had done his duties, he filled out the paperwork.

When he got home, we were going to rent movies and he had a seziure like spell. He fell. I saw him through it all. Luckily, we were next to our station so I ran over and got the guys I have known for 5 years, to tell them that my dad the beloved Sergeant needs help… He was put in the hospital for a week.

Afterwards he wasn’t allowed to go on any calls, but he was at the station cleaning, cooking and making sure everything was running for the next calls he could make. Now he is over a truck and becoming chief. I couldn’t single out just one person out of the departmnt because they mean so much to me…

Firehouse Kid


Hero City: USA

Submitted by: Josh

People call us heroes when we are not heroes. We don’t fight fires, run on squads, or up hold the law for the glory or to be called heroes.

We do it because it is what we love. If you want to call any of us heroes, call the firefighters, ems, police, and all the military men and women that have died heroes. Without them, we would not be able to do what we love today.

Last 15 0f the last day

Name of Hero: Robert

Hero City: Victoria

Submitted by: Robert Hamilton

Working as the head lifeguard at Beaver lake in Victoria BC, it was the last shift of the of the season. In fact it was the last fifteen minutes of the last shift.
I was manning chair #1 which was at the far right of the lifeguarded beach and the bather load in my zone was pretty lite. Most of the swimmers were in front of chair #2 at the center of the beach. The sun was to my left and the glare on the water in that direction was almost completely blinding. I noticed an unusual commotion near the far edge of chair #1 left side zone, right in the glare.

I didn’t hear anything come over the radio from chair #2 which had a better view of the area and no glare. I felt something was wrong with a final scan of my now quiet zone I jumped down from my chair and could see a figure running out of the water in a panic.

I quickly scanned the water and could make out two sets of distressed people.

I broke into a full run weaving my way around beach goers, towards the four people in jeopardy.

As I arrived at the closest entry point and proceeded to run into the water and did a few leaping steps till it got deep enough to dive. As I started my dive I released the rescue can from my grasp and cut into the water. I came up fast sprinting to the drowning pairs.

Two double distress’s, the two girls slightly closer that the two boys, I got close to the girls as they submerged I saw the older girl about a foot and a half below the surface her sister on her back arms wrapped around the older girls neck. I could see the terror on her wide eyes looking up to the surface, no space to do a traditional submerged approach. I was to close to execute the maneuver, luckily i could reach down with my left arm wrap it around the girls and hall them up. As the older girl, with the little one still clamped on, broke the surface she immediately grabbed around my neck and shoulder. I kicked hard and supported us. With my right arm I reached back for my rescue can to thrust to the boys just about a meter or two away and I saw my backup guard reach the boys. I pulled the girls from my neck and gave the older girl the rescue can.
Heading back to shore seemed a breeze. We place all four kids on the wall behind chair #2 and began doing first aid assessments. Surprisingly all were alert, oriented and hadn’t swallow any water.

I was feeling relieved and grateful when I looked up. The park seemed to be a landslide of family members, mom’s, dad’s, grandparents, running towards the beach.

The one that started the commotion was the older sibling running out of the water when he realized the cousins and sisters were in trouble. He ran right past the lifeguards nearest the scene.

I put up my hands and said “whooaa, they are okay” and it seem to have the desired effect. We rechecked the kids and they were all breathing fine and had calmed down. The little girl even let go of her sister. We advised the parents about secondary drowning and that it was a good idea for a check up.

If this had happen 15 minutes later we would have been off the beach and packing up. If nobody notice these kids in distress it would have then fallen to other first responders to do the grim task of recovery.

But not that day….instinct, training and skill helped prevent a tragedy.

I am glad I was there, I will never forget the girls face as she sank deeper…. those eyes pleading. Proud that I could answer the call.

The elapsed time was approximately five minutes. Just enough time in the last shift to fill out the last of the first aid reports and incident report and it was the end of the season, I finished the season knowing we had done well and the family was happy and thankful.

Robert Hamilton

The man in the Doorway

Name of Hero: Lt. Tops

Hero City: Tallahassee

Submitted by: James

When I was a kid my brother was cooking our dinner. Unfortunately for me I had fallen asleep in the bedroom and would not be able to eat. Suddenly I woke up and smelled smoke, when I went to the door I could not open it because the doorknob was so hot. Being on the second floor of our house I could not escape through the window. As I was only 7 I couldn’t do anything other than sit on my bed scared out of my mind. What seemed like an eternity passed before the door caught fire and started burning. At this time I was choked with smoke and was about to pass out when I saw him in the doorway. I remember him picking me up and slinging me over his shoulder as he ran me out of the house and went back in to see if there was anyone else inside.

EMT’s and Paramedics

Hero City: Blooming Grove, New York

Submitted by: Kathy

To all of the EMT’s and Paramedics out there both paid and volunteer,

Thank you for your service. It is much appreciated. I know that we don’t always get the thank yous and appreciation that we deserve. Just know that it is there and that each and every one of you are special.

I am an EMT both paid and volunteer. I love what I do and wouldn’t live my life any other way. I have never done this to be recognized. I do this because I love it.

Just remember that no matter how bad it is out there, someone always appreciates what you do.

We are the unsung heros.

Keep up the great work

Wesley’s Firefighters

Hero City: Bartlett

Submitted by: Josh

I’m a firefighter with the Wesley Township Volunteer Fire Department.

We don’t get a lot of thank yous or pats on the back, but it always makes us proud to serve and protect our community when we hear songs about fire-fighters.

We don’t risk it all everyday because we have to and we don’t get paid either. We do it because this what we love and will do until we can’t anymore.

So from all of us at the Wesley Fire Department, thanks for your support.

My hero

Name of Hero: Scott mills

Hero City: Jackson La

Submitted by: Mallory mills

Today I saw my dad head out the door for work.

I usually get up when my dad gets up, to say good bye and I love you. We have an extra pager at home, so I can listen. A call came in for a building fire. I heard my Dad’s voice say: “Trucks on the way.”

I started to listen to what they are saying. Mr. Zeemer said “there is a fire fighter stuck in the building.” I started to cry. Then I heard my dad say, “I got him” and I felt a big weight come off my shoulders.

He knew I was listening and he then said “what’s for Luch baby girl?”