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Like a soldier going into battle, firefighter’s helmet highlights haunting reality


A London firefighter is being praised online for the poignant photo posted to social media as he responded to the Grenfell Tower blaze Wednesday morning.

The Telegraph reports Twitter user @crispymick, a London firefighter, shared a photo of his helmet with his name and the code for Tottenham Fire Station on, apparently so he could be identified in event he didn’t make it out alive.

“You know it’s not going to be good when you’re told to write your name on your helmet before you go in!” he posted.

Shortly after making his posting — with reports the number of dead will continue to rise — tributes and words of encouragement continue pouring in.

The latest reports indicate more than 30 people are dead after the devastating inferno destroyed the block in north Kensington of west London, according to The Telegraph.

Officials warn firefighters could fall victim to psychological distress after witnessing such a horrific event.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said tough conditions and shocking scenes faced by first responders, including a child being thrown from a window, have traumatized many, reports The Telegraph.

More than 200 firefighters and 40 fire engines responded to the scene as the blaze ripped through the 24-story building.

Firefighters continue to damp-down the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower in London, Thursday, June 15, 2017. A massive fire raced through the 24-storey high-rise apartment building in west London early Wednesday, and London fire commissioner says it will take weeks for the building to be searched and ‘cleared’. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

According to The Telegraph, Cotton told Sky News, “They were in and out of that building, committing time after time to rescue the people we knew were in there — there was never any hesitation.

“As the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, I was truly anxious for a long time about the safety of the building and my firefighters in there, but they were never going to stop until they physically could not get in there any more.

“The thing that worries me going forward is the psychological effect. A lot of my firefighters yesterday experienced things they have never seen before.”

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