The Houston Fire Department is lending support for the fallen firefighters in Arizona. Nine members of the HFD Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums are assisting with the memorial and funeral services throughout this week for the 19 Prescott Firefighters killed in the line of duty.
One of the functions of the HFD Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums are to ensure that each and every firefighter is honored with the same service type, each and every time. Members of the Honor Guard and Pipes and Drums have also attended and assisted with multiple services for fallen firefighters throughout Texas and the Nation, including those from 9/11.
“As will continue to mourn our four fallen firefighters from the tragic fire in May, we will never forget all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to save others as these firefighters from Arizona gave,” said HFD Fire Chief Terry Garrison. “The thoughts and prayers of the Houston Fire Department are with all of the families, friends and fellow firefighters of these brave heroes.”
The Prescott firefighters were deployed as members of the “Granite Mountain Hot Shots,” a federally funded elite wildland firefighting team. As a result, the Houston Fire Department was assigned Operations in the Funerals Service Group which involves all funeral services and air transports for the 19 firefighters. This group also includes members the New York City Fire Department, Boston Fire Department and Arizona.
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