Fallen Firefighter Remembered
"When somebody tragically dies like this, we all feel the pain."
Former firefighter and co-worker of Edwin Atwell, Johnny Rendon, shows this newspaper dating back to 1987. It was a day Rendon will never forget. Rendon and a few other firefighters got stuck in a building that had caught on fire. Rendon says he didn't think he would make it out, until Atwell rescued him.
"He was coming from under the debris. Somehow he got in there and he found me first and he said come through here. This is the way out."
Rendon says firefighters become very close by risking their lives together to save others, sometimes even one of their own.
"To me, that's a memory that will be with me for the rest of my life because it's not something that happens everyday...somebody getting trapped and actually coming out alive."
At the central fire station, Atwell's memory is being honored.
"We'll be having our remembrance of him through our badge. The flags will be at half staff here and through the office."
Captain Puente shares how he remembers Atwell.
"Real hard worker...very dedicated to the profession...would help anyone in need."