The emergency crews who responded to the scene of a house fire in Muskegon, Michigan last Sunday are all well-trained at saving lives -- though when they learned that a 6-foot-long pet python was still trapped inside, most weren't too eager to brave the blaze to rescue it.
But when firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach was fingered for the job, it was one he just couldn't turn down.
"[My chief] was asking all the firefighters if anyone would go in and rescue the snake, but no one wanted anything to do with it," Scott told the Muskegon Chronicle. "They looked at me and said, ‘Would you do it?'"
Donning his mask, Scott then entered the smoke-filled home, discovering the desperate reptile trying to escape the terrarium where it was kept.
"His face was pushed up on the screen and trying to get out. There was a lot of smoke and he was trapped," says Scott. "I removed the screen off the top and knew to approach it by coming up behind his head. He became very active, and I was glad because that meant that he was OK."