"I didn't realize [my burn injuries] would affect not just me, but my wife and kids. It affected all aspects of our lives. I thought we would never get back to the life we had before."
Those jarring words are from Firefighter Lionel Crowther, who received burns on 70 percent of his body from a home fire that eventually killed his captain. While attempting to come to terms with his physical injuries, Crowther experienced emotional torment also felt by his wife and two children. His inability to regain his independence--brushing his teeth and applying ointment had to be done by others--was an emotional drain that strained the family. The incident also tested the couple's marriage, even after Crowther's injuries started to heal.
Giving an emotional and honest look at the impact of fire, Crowther and his wife are sharing their story through NFPA's Faces of Fire. The campaign is a colloborative effort between the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and NFPA that underscores lives altered by home fires and lives saved by home fire sprinklers.
- copying and pasting the YouTube URL into a Facebook post or Twitter tweet
- embedding the video into a webpage by using this code (<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/O4cECT2xvCg?showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>)
- downloading a copy of the video from the Fire Sprinkler Initiative site, and embed it in a presentation on home fire safety/sprinklers