Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Heroic Actions of NIFRS Firefighter at Boston Marathon

Crew Commander Terry Canning from Omagh Fire Station has been hailed a hero for his selfless actions during the Boston Marathon.

Whilst approaching the finishing line he came to the rescue of New Jersey runner Julianne Bowe who was overcome with heat and struggling to finish the race.

Terry, along with fellow competitor Mario Vargas from Chile, came to her aid helping to support her.  Their actions were caught on video and show Terry carrying her right up to the finish line before he sets her down so that she could cross it herself.

Commenting on the heroic act, Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Gary Thompson said: Terry’s actions epitomise the true essence of a Firefighter.  Helping others is inbuilt into our daily lives so it’s no surprise that whilst competing in the Boston Marathon he rushed to the aid of a fellow competitor, helping her to the finishing line.

“On behalf of the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service I would like to sincerely congratulate him on his kind and selfless act of humanity.  He is a real hero, not only at home but also further afield, and we are all so very proud of him.

“Despite stopping to assist others he also managed to complete the marathon in 3 hours, 34 minutes which was an amazing feat. Well done Terry!”

Reflecting on his actions Terry, who is also Omagh Harriers chairman, said, “To me it was the right, and only thing, to do as Julianne needed medical assistance to finish the marathon as she had got so far on her own. Helping others comes as a natural instinct to me whether it be through the Fire Service, running club or home life.”

“I hope it shows that you can still help others knowing them or not – in difficult times.”

Footage can be viewed here

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