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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.

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O Face
2015 years 10 months ago

Martha I could buy off on your notion, however, I find it rather difficult to believe that the governing bodies of both the city and county actually have anyone’s well being in mind, other than their own or whether or not they will get re-elected.

What I do find provocative, is that the first arriving company on the fire on Indian Trail, was a city company, not a county one. Now, I am all about in the best interest of the people, but can anyone explain how a city company beats in a county engine to a fire that is right around the corner from the fire station? Can anyone explain why the fore fathers of New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington failed with their lack of planning for growth and their oversight on effectively managing infrastructure resources? Can anyone explain why the deputy chief of operations was on scene of a house fire other than he can? Never see that in New York, Chicago, Miami Dade or LAFD.

The answer is they can’t. They can’t give the tax payer, you know, the ones that they are supposed to be representing and lobbying for, an answer that will suffice. They are the ones we elect into office to manage our infrastructure so that, heaven forbid we ever need them, their response will be seemless, efficent and effective.

Instead, they would rather have Fire Chiefs, who have never fought fire anywhere in their career, educated with college degrees, leading the fire services in our great locale. They would honestly have you believe that a 26 year old was qualified to be a battalion chief. They even would want you to believe that a female, with a college degree in marine biology, who spent one day as a lieutenant, 3 years as a captain, a few years as a battalion chief with a lateral transfer to work as their “GIS” battalion chief, is and was qualified to lead firefighters anywhere near a fire or on an emergency response.

Education is just fine. But a culmination of education and experience is the key for sucess. A college degree in marine biology is fine if I want to work in sea world. Completely in applicable in fire fighting, anywhere on this planet. I think the gentleman’s intentions were of nobility and character, however, I think it prays upon those that are too stupid to recognize a good thing or too prideful to change.

Martha Eason Watson
2015 years 10 months ago

Instead of the City of Wilmington paying over a $140,000.00 for a study of a baseball stadium, the city should buy the filters…..which is more important to the firefighters and the citizens of Wilmington??

Business Man
2015 years 10 months ago

Good Point Martha. I’d just like to see more people step up. When I arrived that morning, Chief apologized to me because he knew I would not want the attention. However, if others respond because of my actions, then the guys are the real winners and I was merely a catalyst.

I reached out to UNCW as we only need 5 more filters in order to outfit each truck in the city. Now that would be doing something.


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