Maybe we expect our firefighters to be heroes. After all, they do brave deeds to protect us every day, but every now and then a regular everyday person steps up and does something heroic.
A ceremony was held Wednesday to honor those who went above and beyond the call of duty. Most of the men and women honored at the Safety Training Center at Blair High Road and Rainwood were trained professionals, members of the Omaha Fire Department.
There were also some civilians honored because in the course of their day-to-day lives, they end up doing something extraordinary. For 18-year-old Jacob Schneider, the day was June 28, 2012 at the Hitchcock Swimming Pool. "I was already in the water at the right time."
For his heroic act of saving a life, Jacob was awarded the Citizen Heroism Award by the Omaha Fire Department. “It's a good feeling, it's an honor.”
“I was there also,” said Jacob’s mother Shelley Schneider. “Yes, he's a hero.”
Jacob, like all of the firefighters honored Wednesday, doesn't consider himself a hero. He's just glad he could be there in someone's time of need.
Jacob's uncle just happens to be a retired Omaha firefighter, so it must run in the family.