For those of you who haven’t heard the Houston Fire Department lost four of its own fighting a motel fire yesterday. 13 firefighters from this blaze were transported to the hospital with various injuries. 5/31/2013 has already gone down as the worst and deadliest day in the history of the Houston Fire department. Coming on the heels of the 12 who died in the West, Texas explosion it has been a sad couple of months for the Texas Fire Service.
The names and bios as reported by KHOU-TV (the local CBS affiliate) are below,
- Captain EMT Matthew Renaud, 35, of Engine 68. He began his career with the Houston Fire Department in October of 2001 and in addition to Fire Station 68, has served out of stations 51, 39, 83, 73, 37, 60 and 35.
- Engineer Operator EMT Robert Bebee, 41, of Station 51. He began his career with the Houston Fire Department in August of 2001 and in addition to Fire Station 51, has served out of Stations 37, 40, 10 and 48.
- Firefighter EMT Robert Garner, 29, of Station 68. He began his career with the Houston Fire Department in October of 2010 and has served out of Fire Station 68 since.
- Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan, 24, of Station 68. She graduated from Houston Fire Department Academy this past April and was assigned to Fire Station 68.
When I was chaplain of the Katy Fire & EMS Department I served with several HFD members who “Two Hatted” with our department. To this day I think of all firefighters, medics, and police officers as my brothers and sisters. When I was growing up the Houston Fire Department even Names me an “honorary junior firefighter.” One of my good friends from high school is a captain with the Houston Fire Department. The Bottom line is all firefighters are very close to my heart. But the men and women of the Houston Fire Department are especially close to me. Tonight they are weeping and mourning, and I weep with them. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with them, and of course with the families of our fallen brothers and sister. I encourage you to pray with me, so that God’s comfort and strength will remain with them all through this sad and difficult time.
- Live video: Prayer service for fallen Houston firefighters – via @abc13houston (abclocal.go.com)
- Houston Mayor: The worst day in Houston Fire Department history (khou.com)
- 4 firefighters killed in Houston fire mourned (sacbee.com)