Target: Francisco Javier Lorenzo de Agrafojo, Miguel Angel Bello, and all other first responders in Santiago de Compostela train accident
Goal: Applaud firefighters for responding to train crash despite an ongoing strike
After a train derailed in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, firefighters called off a strike to respond to one of the worst derailments in European history. The firefighter staff of the nearby city La Coruña were amidst a conflict with management, but immediately halted their protest to deploy every company in the city in response to the emergency. Please thank these firefighters of La Coruña, along with other firefighters and first responders for putting public safety first and helping with the aftermath of this tragic disaster.
Breaking down doors and smashing windows, firefighters did everything they could to get people out of the burning rail cars. Miguel Angel Bello, one of the first firefighters to arrive on the scene, recalls racing against time to rescue as many people as possible. He also has painful memories of the immense tragedy of not being able to save everyone, like the young girl who called out to him: “She was under wreckage she said she wanted to get out and go home,” he said. “But she died.”
Firefighter Francisco Javier Lorenzo de Agrafojo, who was also on the scene, expressed hopes that the train crash will lead authorities to reevaluate drastic cuts to emergency services, like the ones implemented in the towns surrounding the accident. Please show your gratitude to the emergency crews that responded to this terrible derailment without hesitation, but with full commitment to rescue the injured.
Dear Francisco Javier Lorenzo de Agrafojo, Miguel Angel Bello, and all other first responders in Santiago de Compostela train accident,
Thank you for your heroic efforts to save as many injured people as possible in the aftermath of this tragic train crash. Even though the first responders from the city of La Coruña were involved in a strike for labor rights, emergency crews did not hesitate to rush to the site of the accident.
One of the firefighters to respond to the derailment, Francisco Javier Lorenzo de Agrafojo, recalled how the scene of the derailment resembled a war zone. Lorenzo de Agrafojo also has hopes that the crash will result in fewer austerity measures against public safety services. “Before we were 15 firefighters, now there are four of us. Let’s see if because of [the accident] we can change this situation,” he said.
Off-duty hospital staff, who have also been hit hard by the recession in Spain, did not hesitate along with firefighters to provide their services to those in need at the scene of the crash. Hopefully, legislators in Spain now realize that emergency services are too vital to public safety to suffer from drastic budget cuts like those done in Noia, the town where Lorenzo de Agrafojo is employed. Thank you again for your courageous efforts to rescue those caught in the wreckage.
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Photo Credit: Contando Estrelas via Wikimedia Commons