The ‘stuff’ that people die to save

The deaths of 19 firefighters battling a wildfire in Arizona is, of course, beyond sad.

“It’s only stuff,” people like to say — and appropriately so — when homes burn but people make it out alive.

So it was particularly painful to watch a young widow on CBS this morning assess the life of her late husband.

“I think probably in that last moment, we have four babies. He’s selfless, and I think he thought of our kids and he thought of wishing he was home with them at that moment. He saved a lot of homes that people do go home to, but he’ll never come home to ours,” Juliann Ashcraft said.

Watch the video.

She earlier talked to the Today Show.

  • tboom

    I was off work today and slept in late. Over breakfast this interview came on, I couldn’t watch.
    Every time I hear about the death or injury of a “smoke jumper” I’m so saddened. Their work is heroic and no doubt exciting, but when it’s only property being protected it is simply not worth the cost.