Firefighters who responded to the Grenfell Tower fire in London this week were reportedly asked by their superiors to write their names on their helmets so their bodies could be identified in case something were to happen to them.
“You know it’s not going to be good when your told to write your name on you helmet before you go in,” one firefighter identified only as Mick wrote on his since-deleted Twitter feed, according to The U.K. Daily Telegraph.
Though sad and shocking, the instructions made perfect sense. The fire that broke out early Wednesday morning in the 24-story Grenfell Tower public housing flats was absolutely devastating, leading to the deaths of at least 30 people, if not more.
Check out Mick’s helmet below:
One resident recalled “tripping over bodies” in the darkness as he tried to make his way out of the massive complex.
“On one of the floors I tripped badly and fell, as I looked up I saw the face of a dead man,” he remarked in a stunning statement published by the BBC. “I can still picture him now. As I got to the third or fourth floor I was choking and couldn’t breathe. I started to feel faint. I collapsed and that’s when I felt a firefighter grab me.”
Because of firefighters like Mick, many residents made it out alive.
“They were in and out of that building, committing time after time to rescue the people we knew were in there,” London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton reportedly told Sky News. “There was never any hesitation.”
As of Friday morning, it did not appear any firefighters died during the operation. Cotton was nevertheless worried about their mental state going forward.
“A lot of my firefighters yesterday experienced things they have never seen before,” she said. “I spoke to some people who were truly distressed — not least because they knew there were people still in there and they were battling through the heat to get there. What happened yesterday truly traumatized a lot of people.”
And not just any people, but rather people who voluntarily put their lives on the line this week to save as many residents of Grenfell Tower as possible.
God bless them. And God bless you too, Mick.
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