Whether it's a sixth sense, gut feeling, or simple instinct Terry Maxwell's got them all—not to mention experience, too.
A 31-year veteran of the Imlay City Fire Department, Maxwell recently made a split second decision that likely saved two people's lives earlier this month.
Central Dispatch received a call of a downed live power line and radioed Imlay City Firefighters to respond to the scene. Moments later, a caller noticed smoke billowing from the eaves of a nearby home—something that caught Maxwell's eye while he was on his way to the fire hall to gear up.
Instead of proceeding to the hall, Maxwell stopped at the home. He noticed a pickup truck parked in the driveway and assumed people were inside. His assumption was correct.
He made his way around the live wires and pounded on several doors. He was able to awaken the residents who'd been sleeping upstairs and escort them to a safe zone away from the live wires and burning home.
Maxwell's actions are extraordinary—and not surprising from the ranks of our dedicated, professional all-volunteer fire departments.
Maxwell exemplifies the risks firefighters take while performing their duties. He also demonstrates the innate ability to act and react under pressure, go above and beyond the call of duty, and truly make a difference in the the lives of those in the community he serves.