LittleThings Heroes: Veteran Firefighter Speaks On Life And Loss In The Oregon Wildfire Zone

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes — and in an exclusive ongoing series, “LittleThings Heroes” profiles the men and women in the United States who risk their lives to save ours.

This past summer, the world watched with bated breath as wildfires tore through Oregon, leaving a wake of destruction in their path.

The arid eastern side of the state is normally vulnerable to wildfire in the hot, dry summer months, but unusually dry winters lately have made the problem much worse. Last year, a local lawyer even bought his own personal fire truck.

Meanwhile, the state’s dedicated firefighters did everything in their power to curb the uncontrolled blazes, extinguishing fires and putting their own lives on the line in the process.

Now, as another dry season approaches, experts predict that heavy snowfall could lead to an easier summer for the fire crews working throughout the area.

Even with that in mind, these brave souls are taking nothing for granted. Take, for example, Sean Hendrix, a veteran firefighter and true hero.

He was in high school during a shocking flare-up of fires in the late ’80s. He took up the mantle as a high school senior, and has been working to prevent and contain fires ever since.

To hear him talk about his commitment to fighting and preventing fires is beyond moving. Check out the video below to hear Mr. Hendrix discuss his fears, sacrifices, and truly heroic profession.

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