A documentary has been released highlighting the changes that the Charleston Fire Department underwent after the 2007 Sofa Super Store blaze that killed nine firefighters.
The half-hour documentary was produced for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and is called “Charleston 9: The Ultimate Sacrifice.” It contains interviews with firefighters, command staff, peer counselors, community leaders and survivors of the June 18, 2007 fire. It shines light on the culture and tradition shifts within the department that took place following the fire.
Mark Davis, a Charleston Fire Dept. Battalion Chief, appears in the documentary discussing his experience at the fire as one of the last ones to make it out of the building alive before it collapsed.
“It was sheer, stupid luck that it wasn’t me. Nothing more than luck,” he said in the documentary.
Several firefighters discussed how changes in the department had to happen and admitted the transition wasn’t easy. The production also features the late Chief Thomas Carr, who passed away on April 24 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.
“Had to blend tradition with creating new traditions,” Carr said in the documentary. Carr became chief of the department following the deadly blaze and retired in 2012.
Dave Statter, the production’s producer, said when he met with Carr before shooting the documentary, Carr only had one instruction: tell this story through the people that were here.
“Charleston 9: The Ultimate Sacrifice” was produced by STATter911 Communications and Greg Guise Media.
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