Everyday heroes in San Bruno

We were in Central Oregon for the Sister’s Folk Festival last week when we heard the news about the gas explosion and devastating fire in San Bruno California, just up the freeway from our home in Campbell. It felt surreal to watch the news from far away, knowing that when we returned to the Bay area it would feel a bit different.

In times of crisis, the human spirit always shines through.  Stories of every day heroes come out… the off duty fire fighters, EMTs, doctors and others who head toward the disaster instead of just heading home… the friends and neighbors who act out of compassion. Its inspiring.

SF Gate reports that several of the first responders on the scene of the San Bruno tragedy gathered together near the blast site today and told their stories.

The first responders made a point of saying they were awed by the response of ordinary people who helped. Some offered to give over their vehicles – or their garden hoses – if needed.

In one instance, San Bruno Police Sgt. Mike Guldner said he was able to leave a burned man in the care of an off-duty doctor and paramedic who appeared before him.

“We had everyday people running into houses helping us,” said San Bruno Officer Scott Rogge. “Those are the true heroes. We chose to do this. We do it every day. But those people really stepped up.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/14/BAFI1FE02Q.DTL#ixzz0zZPzHwH2

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