National Firefighters Day!

Written by Paige Touse


Rescue Dog Jake Becomes A Firefighter youtu.be


In 1999, five firefighters were battling a wildfire in Australia when the wind changed direction and killed them. This was the story that inspired International Firefighters Day to be created.

May 4th is Saint Florian's day, the first suspected commanding firefighter of a Roman battalion thus becoming the patron saint of firefighters. International Firefighters Day is a day to celebrate and remember the past firefighters who have died in service, and those who are still fighting the fire. Individuals can show support and appreciation by wearing a blue and red ribbon— a symbolic representation of a firefighter's job. Red for fire and blue for water.

Firefighters fight for and rescue houses, communities, families, individuals, and dogs. Like Jake.

As a three-week-old puppy, Jake, pitbull mix, was rescued from a burning shed by firefighter Bill Lindler. He suffered several burn marks and needed to be brought to a local clinic for treatment. After not being able to contact Jake's owner, Bill took him in. Due to his treatment requiring several dozes of antibiotics a day, Bill began to Jake around the fire house.

"Even with all the burns, he was so happy and so friendly," says firefighter, James Durham, "It was just nice to have him around,".

Jake was quickly recognized as the official mascot and fire fighter of the Hanahan Fire Department by the Mayor. He even has his own bed at the station. Now, Jake visits schools to help teach students about fire safety and how to handle emergencies. Originally Bill wanted to train Jake to be therapy dog but is now training him to be an Arson Detection Dog.


To hear more about Jake's story, click here

Community Organization Fueled By Kindness And Causes

Have you ever had a moment when you felt you just couldn't go on? Home, job, relationship… all in tatters? Bree Pear faced this moment. She struggled with ways to face her adversity, and eventually found a way forward to a better place. Her journey is the origination story for the company she founded called "Only Human" – a community of good humans doing good things for good causes.

Keep reading... Show less

Student’s High Five Inspires a Movement

Despite his cerebral palsy, Jeremy Grace has a pretty positive outlook on life. He typically goes through his day at the London Central Secondary School in Ontario with a smile and keeps a sharp eye out for classmates who may be struggling and could use a lift. One day recently, when a good friend was having a bad day, Jeremy attempted to turn her day around, and gave her a high five. From this spark, the "Up High Movement" was born.

Keep reading... Show less

Autistic Basketball Champ Teaches Kids Hope With Hoops

How would you feel if a team of medical specialists reviewed your background and declared, at the age of 5, that because you had Autism, you would never be successful academically, that you would likely not graduate from high school much less go to college, and that being an athlete was out of the question. Anthony Ianni faced that future and just flat out refused to accept it – he ignored what the doctors said, set goals, worked hard, and created his own destiny.

Keep reading... Show less

How To Make Memorable Birthdays for Hospitalized Kids

Kids rarely get to celebrate when they are in the hospital and having a birthday there is not the ideal situation. After seeing her godson spend some time in the hospital, surrounded by kids who were having their birthdays without the laughter and joy that comes with their special day, Stefanie Grimm had an idea. Even if you are hospitalized, there is no reason that you shouldn't have a birthday party! This generous thought was the seed that grew into The Confetti Foundation.

Keep reading... Show less

Turkeys Prepare For A Happy Thanksgiving - Life on the Farm (E2)

Thanksgiving is near and the turkeys of Millstone Farm are ready to get moving! Although they're not sure where they're going, their hilarious banter is quite the sight to see! Onward, to the Thanksgiving table!

Keep reading... Show less

A Thanksgiving Message From Our Family To Yours

Marysol Castro shares some thoughts on how Thanksgiving is the perfect time of the year to reflect with your friends and family on all of the wonderful memories you share — and how there is no better time to celebrate, smile, and be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at OnlyGood.tv!

Keep reading... Show less

10 Reasons To Be Thankful Every Day

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of the year to reflect with your friends and family on all of the wonderful memories you share — There's no better time to sit and celebrate! We found 10 reasons why you should be thankful this year. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at OnlyGood.tv!

Keep reading... Show less

Birthday Bashes Show Homeless Children They Are Worthy of Love

If you are a homeless family there are a lot of things you don't have – easy access to a private bathroom, regular hot meals, a comfortable bed. There is also a huge hole where happy family gatherings, like birthday parties, would ordinarily be filled with warmth and togetherness. Now, in one community in Los Angeles, there is an organization called Worthy of Love that is filling in a little bit of that hole by hosting special events for the children of these families.

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter