Colorado firefighters sent to Texas to help those hit by Harvey

Good people will always brave dangers to help their fellow humans. That's what some Denver firefighters are doing.

KUSA - Some of Denver's bravest will head south to help those affected by Harvey.

South Metro Fire Rescue sent four of their firefighters to Texas with Colorado Task Force Urban Search and Rescue. North Metro Fire Rescue District is also sending one, with four more on standby.

Captain Dan Stutz has been responding to disasters for 25 years as part of Colorado Task Force One. He could be sent to Texas at any moment to help coordinate local response teams with local and federal government.

His first deployment came during the Oklahoma City bombings.

“Well I forgot to ask, what do I do when I get there? I had no clue,” Stutz said.

Since then, the 51-year-old has rescued victims of Hurricane Katrina, coordinated recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy, and was on a flight the night planes struck the twin towers.

"I've learned you gotta’ be patient even in disasters,” Stutz said. “It'll never go as fast as you want to, we can never save people as fast as we want to, we can never get things back to normal as fast as we want to."

He’s still waiting for the call to Texas, and if comes, he’ll be prepared.

"I guess I'm proud of our country in that when something happens, we just go out and help,” said Stutz. “It doesn't matter where you are, we just help.”

Aurora Fire Rescue tweeted on Sunday they deployed three members to help as well. 

Harvey has pummeled southeast Texas, killing least two people as the storm continues to dump rain on the area. 

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Harvey came ashore Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center says Harvey is likely to weaken to a tropical depression later Sunday. 

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