Fire Captain Sends Radio Message Before His Tragic Death

( – Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs. While everyone runs away from a fire, they run toward it. As a result, dozens of these brave men and women lose their lives every year. Sadly, another hero died in the line of duty, but just before he did, he sent his family a heartbreaking message.

On August 11, Joshua Laird, a captain with the Frederick County, Maryland fire department, responded to a call of a house fire. Authorities believe a lightning strike may have caused it. Laird was in the home when he fell through the floor and into the basement. He sent a message to his loved ones over his portable radio while trapped, calmly saying, “Tell my family I love them.”

A rescue team deployed into the home to rescue the captain. They were able to get him out of the home, render aid and get him to the hospital. Unfortunately, he died at the medical center.

According to local news WITN, an NBC affiliate, Fire Chief Tom Coe expressed the department’s grief in a statement after Laird died. He said the captain dedicated his life to public service and he had “no words to truly capture what [Laird’s] loss means” to the Frederick County Fire Service family.

Captain Laird leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

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