FOND DU LAC - Local first responders are praising the quick actions of emergency personnel at the scene in Boston.
"I just put this up here as kind of a gentle reminder to me," said Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O'Leary.
O'Leary is referring to a newspaper article he's had pinned on his bulletin board since the 9/11 terror attacks.
"Firefighters stand apart from the rest of us, simply by the fact they are trained to run towards a blaze and not away from it."
O'Leary says first responders in Boston made the same decisions on Monday.
"What motivates and moves those rescue workers is their sense of duty, they know that could be them, that could be their family member, it goes through our minds."
Division Chief Troy Haase is also a marathon runner. He says training and instincts kick in during disasters.
"It's very critical for the first people to get in there and assess what the injuries are because that is what you are going to base all of your response on," said Haase.
And firefighters say the incident in Boston serves as a reminder for them, to never take any call for granted.
"I think when you have large events like that it brings up the awareness, everybody starts to think I should be a little bit more careful, start to think about all the things around me, its that whole awareness thing," said Haase.
"Our safety is absolutely everything, because without it, we become the news, we become the victims. We are there to save people and we can't do that if we don't get there," said O'Leary.
Whether the next emergency is a fire or a scene like that in Boston, first responders say they are ready and willing for whatever comes their way.
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