A fire brigade chaplain who ran inside the burning Notre Dame Cathedral to save precious relics has a history of heroic actions.
Father Jean-Marc Fournier rushed inside the cathedral to save several sacred religious artifacts Monday, including the Crown of Thorns. Fournier was also one of the first people to rush inside the Bataclan theater during the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. (RELATED: The Vatican Releases Statement On Notre Dame Fire)
Eighty-nine people died in the theater in 2015 during the Eagles of Death Metal concert, when Fournier rushed inside to pray for the dead and comfort the wounded.
“He showed no fear at all as he made straight for the relics inside the Cathedral, and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day, and shows no fear,” an emergency services source reportedly told The Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail also reports that while serving as a chaplain for the Army, Fournier survived an ambush in Afghanistan that killed 10 soldiers.
Father Jean-Marc Fournier, Chaplain to the Parisian firefighters, went into the building with them to rescue the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns! Thank you, Father! https://t.co/u66xtiXwfh
— Fr James Bradley (@FrJamesBradley) April 16, 2019