Sometimes acts of heroism take a coordinated effort from numerous men and women willing to make sacrifices for the good of others. That’s exactly what happens when close-knit groups like the Cedarville Fire Department come together to save lives.

When it comes to heroic acts, the whole effort is more than the sum of its parts. No matter how skilled or dedicated, one individual cannot do every task required to save a life when every second counts. The Cedarville Fire Department performs such undertakings on a daily basis, but the unit’s life-saving response to a particular October 2010 accident led four individuals to nominate the department for the “Real Heroes Wear Badges, Not Capes” project.

The known individuals who acted in the rescue, from the man who cut open the wrecked car to the one who pulled the victim from the vehicle to the ambulance driver who drove over medians and shoulders to circumvent the traffic threatening to delay medical care for the near-death victim, all refuse to take credit. Instead, they point to the effort of tremendous teamwork that saved the victim’s life. However many emergency services personnel it takes to save a life, every one of them is a hero in the eyes of the victims they help and their families.

Check back for the Cedarville Fire Department’s full story, and other tales of heroism from the courageous first responders across South Jersey and the Philadelphia Metro region, in our Real Heroes Wear Badges, Not Capes gallery, coming soon.