WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Firefighters put themselves in harm's way every day, and every second counts when a person, pet or home is threatened by flames. One generous Wilmington man gave the gift of time to firefighters today.
A minute can feel like a lifetime when you're battling flames and lives are on the line. That's why an extra 15 minutes for a firefighter could mean the difference between life and death. And an additional 15 minutes is exactly what good samaritan Sean Hunt gave to the Wilmington Fire Department.
"I felt like this was an excellent way to contribute and make a difference in the community," Hunt said as he donated 11 Last Chance Rescue Filters to the department.
"I think it says a great deal about his character, and it makes us feel good to know that there's a citizen who cares enough to want to do that to the firefighters," Battalion Chief David Hines said.
A regular filter allows about 25 minutes of breathing time. And with just a simple click, the Last Chance Air Filter gives firefighters 15 more minutes to breathe in desperate situations.
"It's one of these things that you hope you don't ever have to use, but if you need it, there would be nothing that would sacrifice for it," Hines said.
Hunt said he's just giving back to those who give so much, and he encourages others to follow in his footsteps.
"Anybody out there can do exactly what I've done," Hunt said. "The more the merrier. It gives those firefighters additional time to get out and make it home to their loved ones in the morning."
The fire department is grateful for the 11 filters Hunt donated, but it's just a start. The department is looking to get the filters for all 200 firefighters
Hunt's connection with the fire community started in college when he volunteered at the Winter Park Fire Department. He's now a businessman in wilmington.
The Last Chance Air Filters cost about $200 a piece.