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Faces of Fire

Faces of Fire is a campaign of NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative aimed at humanizing the home fire problem

Every home fire has a story. Faces of Fire is a campaign of the Fire Sprinkler Initiative that features stories of people impacted by fire and demonstrates the need for home fire sprinklers. Hear from burn survivors whose lives have been forever altered, fire service members with career-ending injuries, homeowners that have lost everything--and how sprinklers could have significantly impacted these outcomes. Adding to these stories of loss are examples of homeowners saved by sprinklers and homebuilders who have embraced sprinklers as the ultimate in homeowner safety.  

Fire Service Stories

Linda Daughetee

Linda Daughetee and her husband lost their 24-year-old son, Shane, a firefighter, in a house fire.
Location: Tennessee

Chief Brian Black

Chief Brian Black was on duty when he learned that his house was on fire. He has rebuilt with sprinklers. 
Location: South Carolina

A firefighter working with Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr., was severely burned and forced to retire.
Location: Virginia

 Angie Roach

A house fire took away Angie Roach's independence and ability to continue a career that she loved.
Location: Georgia

 Linda Chavis

Linda Chavis' son, Jeffrey, lost his life as a result of burns he sustained from battling a house fire.
Location: South Carolina

 Tonya Hoover

Tonya Hoover, California's former state fire marshal, hopes other states will embrace sprinkler requirements.
Location: California

Guy Santelli

Fire Inspector Guy Santelli installed sprinklers in his home to protect his family.
Location: Wisconsin


Safety educator Meredith Hawes is working to educate the public about sprinklers.
Location: Michigan

 Jo Brinkley

Jo Brinkley-Chaudoir lost her fire department partner while responding to a home fire.
Location: Wisconsin

 Jeff Hudson

One of Chief Jeffery Hudson's firefighters was the first city firefighter to die in the line of duty.
Location: Kansas

 Firefighter Paul Machado was injured in a house fire

Firefighter Paul Machado was injured from a house fire after leaping from a window. His burns sidelined him for a year.
Location: Massachusetts

 Firefighter Lionel Crowther was injured in a home fire

Firefighter Lionel Crowther's injuries from a home fire had lasting impacts on his family's
emotional well-being.

Firefighter Phil Tammaro was injured in a home fire when he was two years old
Burned in a home fire when he was two years old, Phil Tammaro is now urging all firefighters to promote home fire sprinklers.
Location: Massachusetts


Burn Survivor Stories

 Princella Lee Bridges

Princella Lee Bridges ran back into her burning home, changing her life forever.
Location: South Carolina

 Iris Miller

A home fire cost Iris Miller severe burns and all of the fingers on her right hand.
Location: Illinois

 Erin Mounsey

Erin Mounsey has endured more than 40 surgeries after being burned in a house fire.
Location: Colorado

 David Vogel

After an unattended candle ignited a fire in his home, David Vogel was badly burned from the incident.
Location: Massachusetts

 Justina Page

Justina Page was severely burned and lost one of her 22-month-old sons in a devastating house fire.
Location: Texas

 Fire chief sets the record straight on home fire sprinklers

Jerry Buist was 10 years old
when he suffered severe burns
and injuries from smoke inhalation.
Location: Michigan

Homeowner Stories

 Irv Bailey

Irv and Cathy Bailey lost two children in a house fire on Christmas morning.
Location: Kentucky

 Mayer Fistal

Months after moving into their dream home, Mayer and Sheryl Fistal lost everything.
Location: Maine

 Anne Mazzola

Anne Mazzola survived a house fire thanks to a successful sprinkler activation.
Location: Nevada

 Matt Bell

After a fire, Matt Bell rebuilt his home with sprinklers. The installation, he says, was an "easy decision."
Location: Ohio

 Michelle Allyn and her two daughters lost their home in a fire
Michelle Allyn witnessed the
grim reality of home fires
and the security of fire sprinklers
Location: Connecticut

Dr. James Gallagher, a burn care specialist, underscores the painful aftermath of home fire survivors
Dr. James Gallagher,
a burn care specialist, 
details the painful aftermath
of home fires and what burn
survivors endure. 
Location: New York

Homebuilder & Building Official Stories

 Sam Davis

Sam Davis, a homebuilder in Florida, believes so strongly in sprinklers that he's installed them in dozens of homes. 
Location: Florida

 Stuart Tom

Building official Stuart Tom talks about sprinkler requirements in the state of California.
Location: California