Christmas Eve for Irv and Cathy Bailey went according to plan. The night started with a nice dinner with their two sons, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, Solon and Liam, 10. Then there was a reading of the "The Night Before Christmas" and even a brief piano recital by Solon, 12, before the boys were tucked into bed.
During the early morning hours, first came the "beep" of the smoke alarm, then the sight of flames, then a full-blown fire. The children were trapped upstairs.
The Bailey's made a tireless effort to save their family, but there was loss. The incident has transformed the couple, two of NFPA's Faces of Fire, into vocal advocates in support of home fire sprinklers. This heartbreaking video highlight's the couple's experience with fire and their full support for sprinklers: