Green Bay Metro firefighters put it all on the line when they head out on a fire call. But as Local 5’s Kris Schuller shows us, sometimes they throw in a little bit extra to help those they serve.
On Nancy Avenue Tuesday afternoon – a call for help went out. A snow blower on fire – assistance needed from firefighters like Cory Bereza and Mike Vanden Avond.
“It wasn’t the great conflagration that we would normally encounter but we still had to respond out there,” said Lt. Corey Bereza.
“Upon arrival it was still on fire,” said Battalion Chief Mike Vanden Avond.
That call was made by the woman recording this video – Tabitha Gegare.
“She was having a bad day, she felt bad for bringing us out in the weather to take care of something small,” said Bereza.
As far as fires go – this snow blower was burning red hot.
“There’s a point where the gas tank lit off and there was a 10-foot flame shooting up into the air,” said Vanden Avond.
But all it took to knock it down was a fire extinguisher.
“We were able to take care of the job pretty easy. Knock it down fast,” Bereza said.
But as these firefighters were about to leave – they noticed Gegare’s driveway and sidewalks were still snow covered. So, they picked up nearby shovels and finished the job she’d started.
“She was already having a bad day so anything we could do to make it better for her,” Bereza said.
“She was ecstatic, never expecting that and our guys jumped right in there,” said Vanden Avond.
A small act of kindness by these public servants.
“The little things count, they really go a long way,” Bereza said.
Who gave a little extra to a woman who needed a reason to smile
“We get a lot of publicity when it’s a raging fire and those things are what we’re here for, but we’re also here to try to make someone’s day a little easier, a little safer, a little better,” said Bereza.