Today’s Positive Post For April 28th, 2014

I am not going to say much about today’s post. This story just reaffirms the brave and unstoppable spirit that many heroes possess. Please pass this along.

SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2014—Captain Bill Dowling, who was critically injured one year ago in the Houston fire that killed four firefighters, fought against nearly impossible odds to recover enough to be in attendance here to see his son graduate from the Marine Corps boot camp.

Dowling’s journey to get here was a long one. On May 31, 2013, Dowling led the second fire crew to respond to the Southwestern Inn Fire in Houston. Known as the deadliest fire in the history of the Houston Fire Department, it claimed the lives of four firefighters and injured 14. Captain Dowling was one of the injured. He and his crew charged into the flames in an attempt to rescue civilians thought to be inside. The roof collapsed, pinning Dowling in the debris. He was fully conscious as his legs burned, and managed to activate his mayday button. Even suffering from these conditions, Dowling expressed concern for his wife and his fellow firefighters as they carried him to the ambulance.

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Captain Dowling and Jacki before the graduation ceremony begins.


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Marine Corps Private Forrest Dowling with his mom, Jacki and younger brother Foster.


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Marine Corps Private Forrest Dowling shares a special moment with his dad, Houston Fire Captain Bill Dowling.


See the rest of the story here.



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