Firefighters are trained to never leave anyone behind. So when one Irish fireman saw a fellow runner struggling while competing in the Boston Marathon, he knew he had to help.
This past week, 27,221 runners competed in the Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon and one of the most prestigious in the world. And while every runner would have spent months preparing for the grueling 26-mile course, many were unprepared for the soaring temperatures that reached almost 80 degrees during the race.
Despite the heat, Northern Ireland firefighter Terry Canning was running at a good pace and was set to make a strong finish. However, as he approached the end of the race, he noticed a fellow runner, Julianne Bowe from New Jersey, struggling to stay on her feet.
The firefighter and Chilean runner Mario Vargas helped Bowe along, but when he legs began to buckle, Canning picked her up in his arms, carried the rest of the way, and then placed her down just before the finish line so she could cross it herself.
“Well done to our Crew Commander Terry Canning from Omagh Fire Station,” a spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said about the Crew Commander. “Terry your actions truly epitomize the essence of Northern Ireland Fire Rescue Service. You are a real hero at home and away. We are all so very proud of your selfless act. Congratulations on a fantastic finishing time too.”
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