September 07, 2023 1 Comment
Some heroes drive cars at mind-boggling speed. They give us reasons to stand and cheer and shake our heads in wonder.
Other heroes are forged in the fire. They save lives and leave us filled with awe and gratitude.
The Fire Dept. Coffee team celebrated both kinds of heroes this weekend at the NHRA U.S. Nationals race at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. Antron Brown, one of the NHRA’s top drivers, took home the victory by putting the pedal down and reaching a speed of more than 328mph.
But the biggest honor we celebrated in Indianapolis was when we had the pleasure of handing out our Community Hero Award to firefighter Samuel Fehrer of the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Sam's path through life is nothing short of extraordinary, marked by unwavering commitment and service to his country and community.
A proud Marine Corps veteran, Sam served with distinction in the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton, California. Yet, as he neared the end of his service, life revealed other plans for him.
Doctors diagnosed Sam with leukemia.
What followed was a battle that showcased Sam's resilience and determination. The cancer went into remission in 2011. Sam received his honorable discharge in 2012.
Undeterred by adversity, Sam continued to serve his community. He dedicated three years as a firefighter in Whitestown before pursuing his passion with the Indianapolis Fire Department, where he has faithfully served for seven years, becoming an integral part of its firefighting family.
In February 2023, Sam’s courage was put to the test yet again.
He and his crew from Station 11 responded to a harrowing structure fire. Amidst the flames and chaos, Sam charged into the burning building and rescued a 10-month-old child from the perilous blaze. A life that nearly ended before it had truly begun was saved by a firefighter who lived up to the tallest task laid before him.
Sam risked his own life to save another, a selfless act that epitomizes the true spirit of a hero.
Sam Fehrer inspires us all, and we are immensely proud to have him as a part of our firefighting family. It was our honor to recognize him and celebrate him as an FDC Community Hero.
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