We Recognize A Hero When We See One – Even If He Doesn’t

June 25, 2015

A fire broke out early one morning, threatening the lives of everyone inside. But here’s a classic example of a small, selfless act that made a world of difference for everyone involved.

Due to this year’s unprecedented snow fall, the Boston Fire Department asked and challenged community members to adopt one of the city’s over 13,000 fire hydrants to keep clean during each ensuing snow storm in the event of an emergency.  Yet many still go untouched for one reason or another.

Thankfully, Randle Roache of Dorchester heard the call to action.  And his decision to do his part ended up saved lives.

Early morning on February 19, 2015, officers from Mattapan along with members of the Boston Fire Department responded to a call for a building fire in Dorchester. Fortunately for the members of the Boston Fire Department, when they arrived on scene, there was no need to shovel out the fire hydrant because – thanks to Randle Roache – it had already been shoveled out.

The building was quickly evacuated; the fire put out, and – most importantly – there were no reports of any serious injury among the 17 residents displaced by the fire.

One of our officers was so impressed by Mr. Roache’s kind and considerate act that he politely approached and asked him if he could take a picture of him standing next to the shoveled-out hydrant. As you can see by the photo, Mr. Roache was more than happy to oblige.

As the officer was leaving, he again thanked Mr. Roach for doing the right thing. To which, Mr. Roache responded: “I always keep it clean.”

And that is why Mr. Roache is our hero of the day.  See the comlete story on BPDnews.com