Samuel Hall, 28, is a firefighter from South Florida.
What seemed like a normal day turned out to be his worst nightmare. He could still recall it like it was yesterday.
That day, the emergency siren sounded in the station. Being closest to the fire pole, Samuel was the first to get down. But he didn’t make it to the ground. He was stuck at the opening. He tried to twist and turn but he just couldn’t wiggle his way down.
He couldn’t meet the eyes of the other firefighters.
“I told them to leave me.”
“Any longer and the people who were in danger couldn’t be saved.” – Samuel
Wasting no time, his colleagues took the stairs. They left him there for 3 hours. And when they came back… they were very solemn.
“It was a house fire. They couldn’t save the children.”
“They said they were too late, but I knew the real reason.”
“They were late because of me. The children died because of me.” – Samuel