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Photographer and iReporter Brian Day documented life on the job for firefighters in Detroit, Michigan, off and on between 2009 and 2012.
He recently shared his photos with iReport, and CNN International put together this piece with Day telling the story of his project and his feelings toward the subjects.
"Many of my childhood friends have worked as Detroit firefighters over the years," he told us. "I've always been impressed with the dignity firefighters display in spite of an often negative perception in the city, as well as quite perilous working conditions."
You can see more of Day’s work on his website, brianday.org.
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Very amazing work.
They are the bravest of the brave, no work in any department or anywhere in the world is as dangerous as firefighting. Sometimes i wonder why people chose firefighting as their profession! then i think ,they have a mindset, what they think no ordinary people dare to think ,its going into the fire to save lives. wow what do they get, hardly any one comes to them to say thank you ,but they dont care, they know they their profession is the most noblest of the noble.They have a satisfaction, and that is their strength.