Not only did the firefighter save the snake; he went back into a burning house, specifically to grab the reptile after the homeowner struck out with the other firemen.
“He was asking all the firefighters if anyone would go in and rescue the snake, but no one wanted anything to do with it,” Scott Hemmelsbach said.
“They looked at me and said, ‘Would you do it?’"
Hemmelsbach isn’t new to snakes. When he was in high school, Scott learned how to handle the creatures.
"I'd take them around and show them to the kids in the elementary classes," he told the Muskegon Chronicle.
He had to call on all that experience to save the python.
The house was full of smoke and "his face was pushed up on the screen and trying to get out,” Scott said. “There was a lot of smoke, and he was trapped."
Hemmelsbach knew with all the excitement, the snake could be even more dangerous.
"I removed the screen off the top and knew to approach it by coming up behind his head.
He became very active, and I was glad because that meant that he was OK."
Scott took the snake outside and deflected any praise. "I would do it for any creature," he humbly said, adding "I'm just glad it had a happy ending."