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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Through all the incredible footage CBS News 8 captured during last week's wildfires, a local firefighter recognized a friend who works out of a fire station in Fallbrook.
The flames forced thousands from their neighborhoods and as evacuees nervously watched these pictures on TV hoping firefighters could save their homes -- Liam's mom watched with an added level of anxiety.
“We just pray for daddy to come home every time,” said wife Sarah Bracchi.
Daddy is Jason Bracchi, a firefighter paramedic who's been with North County Fire for 15 years and who we caught in action.
One of Jason's friends spotted a shot of him that aired on CBS News 8.
Jason had a lot on his mind that day, a pregnant wife at home, his parents evacuated and his in-laws packing up to leave. But his focus remained on the flames. In this video, he notices the fire crossing containment lines.
“Once it did that, we pulled back to protect structures,” Jason said.
Our firefighters do such a great job, it's easy to forget that they're real people with loved ones worried about their safety.
“You're nervous, you are, but they're trained for that, so you know they'll be okay, at least hope and hope and hope,” said Sarah.
Jason is finally getting some time off to enjoy his family.
As luck would have it - the fires broke out just as his regular shift was ending, so he ended up working a week straight. Running from the Bernardo Fire, to Bonsall and finally the Cocos Fire.
Long dangerous hours and from Jason, no complaints, but also a feeling we all can appreciate.
“It's a fun one... and an important one - but at the end of the day - I just want to go home to my family,” he said.