• In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 file photo, comrades carry Ilias Mahmoud al-Taweel, a member of Syrian Civil Defence, or White Helmets, during his funeral in in Douma, the suburbs of Damascus. Taweel died while rescuing victims of the shelling of the city. A Syrian volunteer search-and-rescue group has launched a campaign to win its first responders the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, operate in the country's war-ravaged opposition areas, where they are exposed daily to bombs dropped by government and Russian warplanes. The group's global following say their task is "the most dangerous job on the planet." (Feras Domy via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Syria’s first responders: ‘Most dangerous job in the world’

    BEIRUT (AP) — It took Mahmoud Fadlallah and the team of seven rescue workers 30 minutes to reach the middle-aged couple trapped beneath the rubble of their apartment building in the contested Syrian city of Aleppo. They had been notified a rocket had struck the building, and they had to wait for the debris to fall and the dust to settle.