Firefighting remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 10 firefighters have died in the line of duty since April 21.
On May 8, volunteer firefighter Scott Patten learned how firefighting can quickly turn into a brush with death. Patten was part of a team responding to a fire in Limestone, Maine.
During the response, Patten was getting ready to douse the fire with the truck's hose. Then he heard a whistling sound. In that moment, Patten's 29 years of volunteer firefighting kicked in, and he hit the ground.
The whistling sound came from a propane tank, which then exploded. Body cam footage captured the chilling events. Thankfully, Patten managed to get away with his life.