Older employees volunteered in place of younger ones in both major nuclear plant accidents!
Nuclear power is an incredibly efficient power source that is clean and safe—a true step in the direction for the future as massive energy consumers.
That is, until something goes horribly wrong, of course.
Two major examples spring to mind: The Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan after their massive 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and of course the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Luckily, out of the tragedies come stories of immense heroism and selflessness.
In the wake of the earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 seniors began to volunteer for the “suicide corps” cleanup duties to spare the younger workers' lives.
A team of over 250 members, all retirees age 60 and up, worked at the radiation-contaminated plant out of selflessness to the younger volunteers.
They probably got the inspiration from Chernobyl.
Aleksandr Grigorycich Lelechenko, deputy chief of the electrical shop, protected the young electricians by entering the electrolysis space three time to turn off the flow of hydrogen to the emergency generators.
The radioactivity he volunteered to endure ranged from 5,000 to 15,000 roentgens per hour, an unbelievable and lethal amount.