“My parents lost everything but these photographs in a devastating fire on Grand Street in 2010. I wasn’t on duty, but I arrived just in time to put on a set of bunker gear and an oxygen tank and help my mom down a fire escape while my dad was rescued with a firetruck’s ladder. Instead of fighting that fire, I felt the agony and loss of being a victim, and being able to save these and other priceless family photos helped tremendously in the healing process.”
Kwai Chan was photographed in New York City on September 8th. Here he is on Instagram: @localredbagger.