Hero firefighters honored by Houston Texans and cheerleaders

Almost five months to the day that heroic Houston firefighters rescued a construction worker off a ledge in Montrose, the viral video can still take your breath away.

"Fire of a lifetime," said Captain Brad Hawthorne. "We'd been to big fires before."

But this fire back on March 25, 2014 was a beast. Pictures from that day hang inside fire station 18. Firefighters remember every detail.

"You put us two miles back, and we don't get there to make that rescue," said Hawthorne.

Hawthorne was on top of the ladder. Engineer Operator Dwayne Wyble manned the truck. They got to the worker trapped on the fiery ledge just in time. Five seconds later, the wall collapsed.

"Seen it on YouTube, and I'm like oh, wow, that was a little closer than I thought," said Hawthorne.

"Once it all sinks in, we realized what special event it really was," said Wyble.

The rescue went viral, so all of Houston, and really the world took note.

"It was amazing," said Houston Texans Ambassador JJ Moses. "It was a God moment when within inches that individual was faced with death."

On Sunday afternoon, the Houston Texans honored station 18. Hawthorne and Wyble will lead the team onto the field as honorary captains, and the rest of station 18 will be flag holders at the home opener on September 7.

"It's truly an honor to walk out on the field with them," said Wyble.

Cheerleaders signed autographs and family members were treated to lunch. The team says it's the least they could do for Houston's heroes.

"We're just doing our job," said Hawthorne.

"We were lucky," said Wyble.

A little luck perhaps, but definitely a lot of training. But if it was luck, the Texans say they'll take it.

"Bringing those two guys on to the field, leading the team out there against the Washington Redskins, hopefully it will provide a little good luck for us," said Moses.

Firefighters say that viral video of the rescue is now part of their training. They've seen it several times to see what they could have done better that day.


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