importantly, the life of a young man was saved without a doubt.
Once in the parking lot, Captain Williams, who is an elementary school teacher, recognized the rescued man as one of his former students. Remarkably, he was fine, but Captain Williams reluctantly spent the night in hospital being treated and observed for smoke inhalation symptoms. He left the next morning in good health.
Captain Williams is a very, very humble man, his only comment when asked about all this was that “this could have been completely avoided had there been working smoke detectors in the building” and “without my firefighter training I would not have been able to do it, in fact I would be dead!”.
As a fire chief, I would have preferred that he had waited for the fire department to arrive and do this work in a much safer manner, rather than risk his life, but I am convinced the rescued man would have not have survived. I am very proud of the action taken by him. Captain Williams is a great firefighter. Our communities are well served by him and the many other firefighters in each of our towns. Hats off to you Daryl and to all those who chose to serve!