94-Year-Old Firefighter

She is 94 years old and only 4-foot, 6-inches tall, but Rose Swiszowski showed a mighty spirit when she reacted to a fire in her Vero Beach, Florida retirement home.

Swiszowski was heading back to her apartment when she saw a fire outside the recreation center. She ran into her unit, grabbed a pitcher of water and a canister of flour, then rushed back out to try to douse the flames.

Other residents heard her screams and called the fire department. Firefighters arrived quickly and stopped the fire from spreading. A quick investigation showed the source — a lit cigarette that burned nearby chairs.

Asked about her heroism, Swiszowski said, “I think God put me here. God made me come down at that time and find it.”

When the fire department returns to the retirement home, they will have a different purpose in mind: to honor Rose Swiszowski for her bravery and her quick actions.

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Jingli Z.
Jingli Z5 years ago

Very brave!

Naomi M.
Naomi Miskimins5 years ago

Wow. Definitely inspiring. You're never too old to help

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

What a brave lady!!!

Chris Ray
Chris R5 years ago


tiffany t.
tiffany t5 years ago


Angela Morrison

Some people are just tough

Emma S.
Emma S5 years ago

God, they were made of stern stuff, that generation!

Laurie Greenberg
Laurie Greenberg5 years ago

You go, girl! BRAVO!

Sue Matheson
Sue M5 years ago


Unnikrishnan Sasi
Unnikrishnan S5 years ago

You're never too old to help