Washington Park, Ill. volunteer firefighter Dante Brooks had to fight a blaze at a vacant home by himself for 40 minutes before finally getting volunteer help from the town and surrounding communities, according to KSDK-TV. Flames were spreading to an occupied house next door. Police evacuated the family.
"It was my main priority," Brooks said. "I wasn't worried about the house burning. I was protecting the home and the family next door."