Many artists have other jobs before, during and/or after they become musicians. For instance, Kurt Cobain worked as a janitor to help get Nirvana off the ground and Debbie Harry was a Playboy Bunny before she fronted Blondie.

At times, they even take on extremely selfless, dangerous and hectic gigs such as emergency responders (police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel, etc.)  However honorable and helpful they are onstage and in the studio, they’re truly making a difference behind the scenes.

That’s where the 10 rockers on this list come in. Regardless of if they’re world-famous rock stars or burgeoning small-town players, each of them deserves a standing ovation for risking their lives to save others.

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