“The dog!” said Mark Bezos during the conversation. “I was stunned with jealousy. Here was a lawyer or asset manager who was allowed to tell people for the rest of his life that he went into a burning building to save a living being just because he hit me for five seconds.

As the second on-site volunteer, he was told to get a pair of shoes out of the house. A few weeks later, the homeowner thanked the firefighters in writing for their efforts and noted in particular that someone had even bought her a pair of shoes.

“Both in my calling with Robin Hood and in my work as a volunteer firefighter,” said Mark Bezos. “I have witnessed acts of generosity and kindness on a monumental scale, but I have also witnessed acts of grace and courage on an individual basis. And do you know what I’ve learned? They are all important. “

Speaking at the brothers’ joint appearance at the 2017 Summit, a leadership conference, Jeff Bezos said people sometimes mistakenly think he’s the one speaking at TED. “Every now and then someone will stop me and say, ‘I love your TED talk about being a firefighter and little niceties,’ said Jeff Bezos, who added that he usually corrects that it was actually Mark. “But when I’m in a hurry, I just say thank you,” said Jeff Bezos.

Mark Bezos then joked, “But if either of you is confused, I’ll be the one with the smaller bank account on your left.”

Last year, Mark Bezos put his 10,000 square foot home in Scarsdale and four acres up for sale for $ 11 million.

The Blue Origin tourist rocket that the brothers will use is named after Alan Shepard, the first American to fly into space in 1961.