Firefighters fueled by those who give ultimate sacrifice
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will honor 19 firefighters killed in Arizona, with a memorial service Tuesday. The firefighters died fighting a wild fire, just north of Phoenix over the weekend.
The memorial will also honor those fallen in Louisiana. Over 100 Louisiana firefighters have died in the line of duty, and one fireman says he honors those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"We come to work every day and you never know, you might not go home," said Justin Entremont.
Firefighters in Baton Rouge hustle at the sound of an alarm. They rush out to door to their destination, spending 24 hours on the job, and 24 hours off.
Entremont says every fire is different, and the 60 lbs. in heavy protective gear he wears, is the last thing on his mind.
"You pull up on the scene of something that's completely out of control, and it's our job to get it under control," he said.
Although he's never found himself in a life or death situation, he knows others who have. Entremont says it's important to stay calm and communication is the key to survival.
Tomorrow's ceremony is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. on the grounds of the State Fire Marshal's Office at 8181 Independence Boulevard.