Asbury Park Firefighter Jason Fazio was critically injured this morning while fighting a fire on Main Street. The Asbury Park Press covered the story. Jason and I became good friends early on in my photo documentary project on life at the Asbury Park Fire Department. In all the time I spent with the firefighters, I haven’t been to the scene of an actual fire, and I don’t know how I would have handled seeing Jason throw himself out of a window to save his life had I been there photographing today. Jason is truly a hero to put his life on the line for the community. I hope for a speedy recovery.
Here are some photos of Jason, outtakes from my documentary project.
Update to this post, January 12, 2011: This post has had an amazing number of views, I expect from people wishing to learn more about Jason’s condition. It’s a testament to how well loved he is. The IAFF Local 384 website will be posting updates on his condition. Click here for more information.