Today I learned that my colleague who is nineteen years old worked as a volunteer firefighter for five years. Two years ago in a fire at Serra da Malveira her face was burned (it healed and is unnoticable). She and four other colleagues became trapped by the fire. Three were very seriously burned and she escaped by running 12 kilometers away from the fire and only stopped when she came upon a fire chief from Almoçageme. She does not remember. They told her that that is how long she ran.
She is a small person (only about 1 meter 50 cm, if that). Today she seemed a giant.