Summary of A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter

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If you spend your days behind a desk, you may see few chances to rescue a life or save a burning building. However, volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos sheds new light on your hero potential. Through firefighting and heading development for a nonprofit that combats poverty, Bezos has witnessed many brave, kind acts, both grand and small. In this moving talk, Bezos combines self-deprecating humor with a profound message: You don’t have to save a life to be heroic. Even the small, simple acts of kindness make a difference – and sometimes they have the biggest impact of all. getAbstract believes this inspirational speech will help you get in touch with your inner hero.

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Mark Bezos co-founded and sold an advertising agency before becoming head of development for Robin Hood, a nonprofit organization that combats poverty in New York. He is the assistant captain of a volunteer firefighting company in New York State and the step-brother of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.



For volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos, arriving early at the scene of a blaze improves his chances of joining the action. At his first fire, he was the second volunteer to arrive. Bezos brimmed with hope of testing his newly learned firefighting skills. He rushed to the captain to receive his assignment. The captain was talking to the unlucky homeowner, who stood in pajamas and bare feet, clutching an umbrella against the heavy rain. The volunteer who beat Bezos to the captain soon received a plum...

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