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Firefighter comforts child as home burns down

Firefighter caught on camera comforting child watching his home burn down. WPEC.

It’s a picture that paints a thousand words.

A St. Lucie County firefighter seen helping a little boy, left with only the clothes on his back.

The little boy, his mother, and six other children were displaced after their duplex went up in flames in northern Fort Pierce.

John Wozar has served as a firefighter for almost 15 years.

He said the challenges of tackling a fire are both exciting and exhausting.

“You have to go there, and you have to do your job, and provide the best possible care you want to give them,” said Wozar.

But Wozar said the toughest part of the job goes beyond putting their life on the line while wearing 40 pounds of gear.

That’s making sure the tiny victims, the children, understand what’s going on around them.

Many of them are startled, beyond terrified at fire scenes.

Wozar said the best way to make them feel at ease is get to eye level.

He also said talking to them while checking their vitals slows down their heart pressure.

It’s simple, but lifesaving skills that takes a lot of practice.

“The best thing to do is to introduce yourself,” said Wozar. “You want them to know you’re there to help them, to be a friend.”

When uniform gets dirty, skin blisters and joints ache 24 to 48 hours at a time, Wozard said he wouldn’t trade this job for anything else in the world.

“This is the best job in the world. I don’t call it work. I’m here with my friends 24 hours, I love what I do,” said Wozar.

Wozar said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross is now assisting the family in need.

A gofundme page has also been set up to help the mother and the seven children displaced by the fire.

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