Former Fire Chief Jeffery Hudson knows that if fire sprinklers had been in place when his crews responded to a 2010 home fire, he would not have lost a devoted firefighter, friend, and brother in the fire service.
John Glaser, 33, a six-year veteran of the Shawnee, Kansas, Fire Department, was among the first two crews to arrive at the scene. He entered the home, spotted the family's dog, and immediately brought the animal to safety. Upon reentry to continue search-and-rescue operations, Glaser called for help.
“We knew at that point that his mask was off, because the call came in too clear,” Hudson says.
In the time it took firefighters to find Glaser after a mayday was called, carbon monoxide rose to a level too great for Glaser to survive. He was Shawnee's first line-of-duty firefighter death. He left behind a wife and two children.
"It took several crews a good hour to get the fire under control, leaving the family with no home and us to bury one of our own," says Hudson, one of NFPA's Faces of Fire. The campaign underscores the human toll of home fires.
How did this fire impact Hudson, and what has he been up since being profiled for the Faces of Fire Campaign? Find out by registering for our Faces of Fire: Where Are They Now? online chat on Wednesday, April 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST. You'll have the chance to interact with Hudson and other members of this campaign. Take 30 seconds and register today.