Wake firefighter ignores own loss to help storm victims

Posted April 21, 2011

— Volunteer firefighter Tim Grant has spent the days following last Saturday's storms checking on people in his neighborhood off Forestville Road.

One of the 25 tornadoes that ripped across eastern North Carolina left a trail of destruction in the northeast Raleigh neighborhood.

"These are my neighbors, and all of these people around here are my family," Grant said about tending to the needs of people whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

Wake firefighter ignores own loss to help storm victims Wake firefighter ignores own loss to help storm victims

Grant himself is among those people, but the loss of his own home doesn't deter him from looking after others.

"This is my community. This is my home," he said.

He was responding to calls after the tornado blew through Raleigh when he learned his home had been hit.

"I've never seen a building move that far, and it still held together," he said, noting the house was blown off its foundation. "Most everything that's left is shot."

Grant said his first reaction was actually one of relief – his wife and children weren't home at the time. His son is also a firefighter who was working late Saturday.

"Here's a man who's basically lost everything he has, and his first reaction was, 'It is a house. My family's safe, and there's a lot of people here that need help more than me,'" said Lee Price, assistant chief of the Wake-New Hope Fire Department.

Grant said the home was insured, and he and his family are staying with friends for now.


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  • ncmedic201 Apr 22, 2011

    I was working Saturday after the storms and do not find this story disrespectful. Most of us aren't in this for the kudos and recognition but to help people. I'm glad he was out there helping his community during their time of need and hope that he and his family are able to rebuild soon.

  • bmatt Apr 22, 2011

    @NeedToTellTheTruth -- this is representational of the many similar stories of people who forged ahead and helped regardless of their own loss. This is certainly not disrespectful, simply highlighting one of so many that could be told. So . . . according to your logic, if ALL car accidents cannot be reported, then none should? If ALL break-ins cannot be reported, then none should? The news media is trying to find a few golden highlights of this tragedy in order to give us a break between all of the hardships. I cannot find blame in that.

  • NeedToTellTheTruth Apr 22, 2011

    You may think I'm being cold but this is a non story and is somewhat disrespectful to every other public safety professional that was working last Saturday. Yes, this one particular firefighter made sacrifices but so did the hundreds of other firefighters, police officers, paramedics, etc.. that were working. As a former public safety professional, I know dozens of people that were working and suffered similar or worse losses themselves. I like the fact that this article highlights the sacrifices that were endured by the PS community but it's not about just one man / woman.

  • Lily Apr 22, 2011

    God bless you and your family.

  • mcraineycrazies Apr 22, 2011

    Wow, hard to find people like that these days, usually people think about themselves, truly a hero to these people, hats off to you man. : )

  • cuffslover Apr 21, 2011

    we all can learn from this man ....

  • CharmedLife Apr 21, 2011

    Bless him! Now that's a true hero!

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Apr 21, 2011

    That is one thing about a tragedy, it usually brings out the good that is in most people. Fireman Grant is truly a hero.

  • angelienna Apr 21, 2011

    I hope the kidness he has shown (and is still showing) others is shown to him and his family 100 times over in the coming months and years.

  • tracieb547 Apr 21, 2011

    i agree. he is definitely a true hero. what a wonderful human being!