13 Firefighters Lay On Smoke Covered Grass, Internet Sees The Photo And Goes Wild
Katie Mooney 6/29/2017
The summer of 2017 marks one of the greatest tragedies of all time for one country.
A devastating forest fire in central Portugal has already claimed the lives of at least 64 people, and has left a minimum of 135 injured. The raging and relentless flames are the worst the country has ever seen.
The fire, which began on June 17th as the result of lightening strikes, spread quickly - leaving some people trapped in their cars and homes, and unable to escape the deadly flames.
It's estimated that approximately 1,600 firefighters and 350 soldiers were needed to battle the fire, along with 700 vehicles and 11 airplanes.
As the terrified citizens of Portugal frantically attempted to escape the powerful flames, the Portuguese firefighters charged bravely towards them.
The impossible, never-ending fight left the firefighters indescribably exhausted. As they say, "a picture is worth 1,000 words..."
A group of depleted and drained firefighters rested briefly, while their colleague Pedro Brás snapped these raw, eye-opening photos and uploaded them to Facebook - along with the caption:
"After a night and a day of fighting in i.f. de góis, TB we were treated to 25 minutes of beach, albeit concealed by smoke.."
The scene of these motionless firefighters has taken the Internet by storm, giving us all a tiny glimpse into the life of a true hero...
These pictures, heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, have received overwhelming feedback of love and gratitude. Some of the Facebook comments include:
"They are all Heroes. Every Fireman/woman all over the World."
"You guys are the real heroes of the nation! Brave Warriors! Thank you!
"The soldiers that cherish our lives deserve to be remembered as heroes!!"
Thank you to all of the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping those in need, who put others first, and who work to make our world a better, safer, kinder place - you, are the true heroes!
Sources: The Guardian, El Mundo, Facebook/Pedro Brás FB Image Credit: Facebook/Pedro Brás