As the community marks the second anniversary of the Oso landslide, we're checking in on some of the brave first responders who rushed into help back on March 22, 2014.
Among the heroes who emerged on that first day was the helicopter crew from the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
The crew has decades of experience, and their job is to respond to disasters, but two years later, they'll tell you what happened in Oso is something they took to heart.
"You don't take stuff for granted," said Randy Fay, who helped pull several survivors from the mud, including four-year-old Jacob Spillers.
Jacob's father and three siblings were killed in the landslide. His mother was not home when the slide took place.
"I had some real struggles afterwards, because I have grandsons who are Jacob's age, so I think like a lot of people, I went through this process where I was super-imposing my grandson in that situation."
Chief Pilot Bill Quistorf agrees, the experience changed him.
"Just having, maybe more compassion for people that are going through a tough time, that lost everything, he said. "When you see it firsthand."
What happened in Oso also changed the way that the helicopter team train. Now, they work a lot more on collaboration and communication with crews on the ground.
"This training is intentional," said Fay. "And we do it with King County and Pierce County and Snohomish County, to try to get a much more integrated response, if we have something like that happen regionally again."