Firefighters are heroes. Sometimes in the very literal sense, as members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue donned superhero costumes and rappelled down the side of a Virginia Children’s Hospital to help cheer up the patients and their families inside. The department shared a picture of their “heroes” on top of the building before making their way down the side.
Among the heroes going literally above and beyond to put a smile on the face of some sick kids were Superman, Spiderman, Captain America, and a Supergirl.
Earlier today, #FCFRD firefighters rappelled down the @InovaHealth Children’s Hospital building to visit and encourage young patients. “I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Superman pic.twitter.com/pgFhiseosr
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) September 29, 2021
The department also included a quote from Superman in the tweet: “I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” In another tweet, the department said, “those brave kids are our heroes.”
The battalion chief told a local news outlet that “the whole reason firefighters become firefighters is to do something for their community and the kids are always the ones closest to our heart.”
A director at the hospital told the news station the kids were beyond thrilled to have superheroes stopping by their windows to say hi. Even more so because the kids haven’t gotten any special visitors inside lately thanks to the COVID pandemic.
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) October 1, 2021
One of the firefighters, Loren Jewell, was especially motivated to don the Supergirl costume and make the trip down the building. She was a childhood cancer patient at that same hospital when she was younger.
“I’ve been on the other side of the glass, so to be able to do be on this side today and connect with them, and just show them that they’re not alone and we’re here.”
It’s an incredible gesture. As any parent who has been through that situation knows, there is nothing worse. And anything that will put a smile on your kid’s face for a few minutes is worth its weight in gold. So it is very heartwarming to see these firefighters live the hero’s life in more ways than one.