GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Firefighters are heroes. They put themselves in harm's way to come to the rescue of others.
On Thursday, others came to their rescue.
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford found a story about brotherhood within the fire community as some fire departments from around the state came to support Greensboro.
The fire in downtown Greensboro on Thursday prompted the Charlotte fire chief and three firefighters and the Salisbury fire chief and three firefighters to rush to Greensboro. They didn't come to help put out the fire.
"They're there to help be someone that our firefighters can talk to and tell about how they're feeling and working through this traumatic situation," said Greensboro Fire Chief Greg Grayson.
Both Charlotte and Salisbury fire departments have each lost firefighters in the line of duty. Simply put, they understand.
Chief Grayson said, "It's a traumatic situation when you enter a live structure that's on fire and things don't go well and you have a brother that's injured."
In his 30 plus year career, Chief Grayson has never had a Mayday situation. Thursday was a first when putting out a fire turned into a rescue mission.
The Chief said the support has been astounding. He's gotten calls from fire chiefs all over the state checking in on his department.
WFMY News 2, Greensboro Fire