"I didn't realize my burn injuries would affect not just me, but my wife and kids. It affected all aspects of our lives. I thought we would never get back to the life we had before."
Those jarring words are from Firefighter Lionel Crowther, who received burns on 70 percent of his body from a home fire that eventually killed his captain. While attempting to come to terms with his physical injuries, Crowther experienced emotional torment also felt by his wife and two children. His inability to regain his independence was an emotional drain that strained the family. The incident also tested the couple's marriage, even after Crowther's injuries started to heal.
Giving an emotional and honest look at the impact of fire, Crowther and his wife are sharing their story through NFPA's Faces of Fire. The campaign is a collaborative effort between the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and NFPA that underscores lives altered by home fires and lives saved by home fire sprinklers.