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Venezuelan Firefighters Remembered

By: Lindsay Liepman
By: Lindsay Liepman

Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs...but they willingly put their lives on the line for their communities.

Wednesday at Brayton Fire School, a memorial was held for firefighters who have passed away, but this year's ceremony was particularly somber.

This is more than a memorial for the 74 Venezuelan fire fighters who came to train at the Spanish Fire School this year.

In silence, they remember four of their own -- who died a year ago in a tragic car accident en route to the school.

"It was a tragic loss. And this year some of the people who could not finish the course could come back and finish it," said Mufid Houmeldan, a Venezuelan Fire Instructor.

And they came back in record numbers.

For 39 years, Brayton Fire School has been a training ground for firefighters from Spanish-speaking nations.

Many from Venezuela say they've been doing this all their lives...starting as young as 7 years old.

"This is something you are born to do, grow up to do, learn how to do it. We want to save lives," said Houmeldan.

They've found courage is the same in any language.

It's team work that has carried them through the past year, without their friends.

An idea that they must continue to do their job...because its so important.

"There's been a feeling of more support among ourselves. Support of our companions. We've decided to be united and come together to the US," said Bernardo Jose Blanco, a Venezuelan firefighter.

The Spanish Fire School will wrap up on Friday.


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