Article from Financial News:
Netizens Moved by Photo of Firefighter Eating Ramen After Fighting Fire
A photo of a firefighter eating a meal of ramen after extinguishing a fire was shared online, moving netizens.
On April 3, through the Busan Police Department’s public Facebook page, “At the scene of the Yeonsan-dong fire, a firefighter who started fighting the fire from 1AM in the morning and just finished his work is having a meal. He worked very hard. Currently he has cleared the traffic control for this entire area’s police officers. We are also thankful for the cooperation of the citizens who were affected.
The posted photo showed a worker wearing a firefighter’s suit, perched at the end of a wall eating cup ramen.
At 1:53 AM that morning, there was a fire in a used car dealership in Busan’s Yeonjae-gu, Geochae-dong. The emergency worker extinguished the large fire, which had consumed 500 cars, and afterwards, ate his meal in a corner.
The photo in question was shared more than 240 times, and the netizens who saw the photo said it was a pity that he was only eating ramen, saying things like, “Just one cup of ramen…Don’t tell me this is something that you bought at your own expense”, “They should at least have given him a box lunch,” “I feel sad and my heart hurts for him,” “Where are all our taxes going…”
They also expressed their gratitude, saying “Thank you, I respect you,” “His face is blackened [from the fire]…I am always grateful for what you do,” “He’s so cool and great,” “I am always cheering you on, so do your best.”
Comments from Naver:
I’m moved by this beautiful image, and at the same time, I’m angry at the miserable scene…risking his life like this…on a pittance…with crappy gear…in such poor working conditions…[The government] pours hundreds of thousands of dollars in some areas…Why are they so stingy about improving working conditions for the firefighters?..Don’t tell me he even bought ramen at his own expense…
National assemblymen, reflect on your actions…
Firefighters really need better working conditions!
My heart aches for him ㅜㅜ
Even if firefighters made 100,000,000 annually, no one would complain about it.
I look at them with respect, not with pity. They work really hard. The government should improve firefighter’s welfare benefits.
Please convert them into national positions..
Firefighters are the most trustworthy public servants in our country…(Although they are called local officials ㅜㅜ)
Please…don’t waste taxes on other areas, use the taxes on these precious people who save people’s lives.
I hope we become a country that treat firefighters well instead of National Assemblymen.
My friend is a firefighter…their equipment is of really poor quality…I see the situation and feel so sorry for him…