Deatherage is a lifelong firefighter, and his wife is also a certified fire fighter. Both he and his wife work with the Hawley Fire Department. Deatherage is in a wheelchair and his wife drives him to the scene of a fire where he works out of his van.
The two kept track of all the firefighters on the scene. Deatherage's wife kept a record of everything that went on, and together they helped save about 200 homes directly in the path of the fire. Deathrage says this is one of the biggest fires he has ever worked.