A young man took a bold leap into becoming a D.C. firefighter after two of his family members died in the line of duty.
Davon McRae lost his mom to cancer four years ago.
“She was sick for a long time,” McRae said. “So, I eased my way to the fact that I'm going to lose my mom.”
However, when his dad passed two years later it seemed like it was out of nowhere.
“On the way to the hospital all emotions just building up but I don't -- like I keep it cool but my insides ready to explode. So, I get to the hospital and he was just right there,” McRae remembered.
The20-year-old’s father, Lt. Kevin McRae, died in the line of duty while fighting an apartment fire in Shaw in 2015.
“I was hurt, devastated. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know who to talk to. I didn't want to be bothered by nobody. I was just hurt,” McRae said. “When he passed away it kind of like persuaded me to be like ‘ok my father wanted me to do this firefighting stuff.’ I want to give basketball a shot but if it doesn't work, I'm going to be a firefighter.”
McRae joined the DC Fire Department’s cadet class where he also followed in his cousin’s footsteps too – a former fire technician who also died in the line of duty 10 years ago.
McRae hoped what he did on Friday – will send a positive message to his nearly one year old son.
“Don't take nothin’ for granted. Treat your parents with respect because they're not going to always be there,” McRae said,
McRae starts work on Monday at the same engine his father worked out of.