A California fireman who survived the Las Vegas shooting and fought wildfires in his home state is working on Christmas Day.
However, this isn’t really the story, or even “a” story. Any seasoned firefighter has likely worked a holiday or twelve.
No, the real story is about the emotional scars a man carries with him after a traumatic event, despite continuing on in light of the stressors faced in the line of duty.
During an apartment fire in Ventura County, 42-year-old LAFD Captain Mark McCurdy heard a “crack” his mind had grown to know too well.
“I had a quick flashback like we’re back in Vegas,” McCurdy said. “I’m like, ‘Oh goodness, it’s only been two months.’”
Of course, the fireman was not being shot at- the sound of ammo cooking off in the fire, however, seemed to be directed towards a man who had been in the line of fire only months earlier.
“I’m like, ‘That can’t be real,’” he told The Daily Beast.
At one point, a .40 S&W round fell to the ground near his feet. Picking it up, he later took a photo of it and texted the picture to his wife, Kelly McCurdy, who had been at the Vegas concert with him.
“It changes everything when you have your wife with you,” McCurdy later said.
The fireman was working Christmas day, but was happy to have had Christmas Eve off.