The dignified portraits of courageous volunteer firefighters who risk it all to save livesWritten By: Daily Mail Reporter | Posted On: January 12, 2013
These are the quietly dignified portraits of volunteers who put their lives on the line every time a fire bell rings out.
Volunteer firefighters make up 70 per cent of firefighters in the U.S. – around 768,150 men and women who give up their time to save lives and rescue homes.
From the late veteran firefighter Charles G. ‘Jerry’ Saeger who served decades with Hastings Fire Department, New York to Daniel Mansdrof who signed up to the same unit aged 18, the shots capture unsung heroes across the U.S.
The collection was shot by renowned photographer Ian Spanier. His broad spectrum of work encompasses American landscapes and portraits including musician Stephen Marley, the cast of Jersey Shore and Steve Tyler.
The portraits have been published in a book written by Marek Fuchs, journalist and volunteer firefighter, entitled Local Heroes: Portraits of Volunteer Firefighters.
Unsung hero: The late Charles G. Saeger, known as Jerry, was with the Hastings fire department in New York first as captain and later as chairman
Local Heroes (firefighter portraits) All photos must be credited (c) Ian Spanier Photography 2012 and words by Marek Fuchs-and link to www.ianspanier.com
Telling their stories: Journalist and volunteer firefighter Marek Fuchs who is behind the book Local Heroes
Saving lives: Andrew Sherman is a Jewish volunteer firefighter who first fought a fire during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year
By my side: Chief Michael Scott in full firefighting gear and loyal companion Max the dog
Life-saver: Randy Burke at his truck with the jaws of life
Heroics: Will Webster is a volunteer firefighter with the Sparta Fire Department in Georgia
Paying it back: Devoris Lamar began volunteering in Sparta after his family lost their home in a blaze
Protector: Former Chief Robert C. Allison is renowned for facing the most dangerous of fires with no fear
Ready at all times: Chris DiBenedetto works as a firefighter in Greenwich Village, New York City and volunteers in Hastings in his spare time
Fighting the flames: John Petas, who volunteers with the Hastings brigade, also handles financial matters at the firehouse
All photos must be credited (c) Ian Spanier Photography 2012 and words by Marek Fuchs-and link to www.ianspanier.com
Daily Mail Reporter (30 Dec 2012) Retrieved from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254942/Volunteer-firefighter-portraits-men-Hastings-New-York-Sparta-Georgia.html