FOWL RIVER, Ala. (WKRG) — Nothing really surprises John Corideo anymore, except when a whole community gathers to say, thank you.
He is this month’s Smiles Behind the Shield honoree.
“People always asked me what do you want to be when you grow up and I’d say either a fireman or a kid. Now, I can do both,” says Corideo.
He’s been a firefighter for more than 40 years. Beginning his career in New York, he was there at Ground Zero that day when the towers fell on 911.
He lost a lot of friends that day. “Almost three thousand people lost their lives that day. It’s not something that you want to forget. Yeah, it hurts when you remember.”
He carries them with him on every call. His care and concern reflected in the faces of those who depend on him.
“My mother told me when I was a kid, you were born to help people and that’s all I’ve ever done.”
Your mother would be so proud and so are we Chief to honor you with this month’s Smiles Behind the Shield award. “This is amazing! I almost started crying. It was crazy just to be recognized for something you love to do.”