VIDEO: It was not business as usual at Storm Engine Company No. 2 in Derby. One day after the tragedy in New Haven that cost the life of fallen firefighter Ricardo Torres, who ran into a burning building, saving the lives of two people.
It would be his final heroic act.
Firefighters in Derby shared with News 8 what drives firefighters to do what most people would not — run towards danger?
“Somebody has to answer the call when somebody needs help,” said Capt. Alex Newendorf, of Storm Engine Company.
And, at least at Storm Engine Company, the passion they have to help others is in their DNA — literally.
“I think for a lot of us it’s just trying to be like your father,” said Lt. Buddy Canty. “Most of the guys here — their fathers, and grandfathers and great grandfathers were all firemen.”
Several of the firefighters in Derby were listening to the transmission call of the fire in New Haven as it was happening. They’re concern growing at certain points.