This burnt-out personal alert safety system was the only piece of gear, belonging to then-Airman 1st Class William Taylor, which survived when he was trapped and alone in a training fire in July 1997 near Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Now-Chief Master Sgt. Taylor, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron installation fire chief, said the damaged PASS is sentimental and serves as a reminder of how dangerous a firefighter’s job is, and that they have the potential to be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice in service of fellow patriots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)
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