‘I want us to recognize the true heroes’: Fire chief shares stories of heroism from Fort McMurray

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At a media briefing on Monday, Fort McMurray’s fire chief provided a detailed update about the destruction the wildfire has left in its wake, but he also shared some stories of everyday heroism.

Darby Allen began by talking about a firefighter from the Fort McMurray Fire Department, who was battling the fire in the north end of the city.

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    “As they progressed down the road, they happened to start fighting the fire in his own home,” Allen said. “They lost his home. He didn’t drop his nozzle; he moved to his neighbour’s house and continued to fight that fire…for a further 22 hours before he just couldn’t stand any more.”

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    Allen also talked about a 21-year-old woman who came to work for Regional Emergency Services as a student and had only been on the job two days when catastrophe struck.

    “She didn’t back away,” the chief said. “We put her in a chair and said, ‘could you take care of that for us please?’ and seven days later, she’s still here and still working hard.”

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    Allen finished by sharing a story about Dale Bendfeld.

    “He hasn’t been the face of this fire, but he has been one of my right-hand men,” Allen said.

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    “We didn’t think there was a fire in Anzac one night and we found out in a hurry there (was). When we went into that community, Dale Bendfeld was on his own. With a couple of people and a flash light and making some phone calls, he evacuated 450 people in two hours. That is true heroism.”

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