His father, Ed Genthert, fire chief of the Old Fort Fire Department, left out some of the details, though. Since becoming a firefighter himself, Genthert has learned that they must detach themselves from the situation: be someone's shoulder to cry on and hold it together at the same time.
"I always admired him," Genthert
said of his
father."I have a deeper respect for the fire service now that I am a firefighter."
The Timberland High School graduate became a Mount Pleasant
firefighter three years ago.Genthert, 25, started out studying sports medicine at Coastal Carolina University before switching to the fire service.His
medical training has come in handy.
went to the scene thinking he
would drop his
medical bag next to the man and see some sign of life.
"The injuries were incompatible with life altogether," he
Most calls that come to the station on Six Mile Road during 24-hour shifts are less traumatic.
"If you can dream it up, people call about it," he
said that's when training to take calculated risks comes in handy.If a home or building is more than 50 percent engulfed in flames and no one is inside, they don't go in.
Going a day without a fire at all is a good one, Genthert