On Friday, May 31, 2013 Houston lost four courageous members of the Houston Fire Department to a five-alarm hotel fire in Southwest Houston. In addition, thirteen firefighters were injured in the blaze. This fire is the deadliest event in HFD’s 118-year history.
All too often we forget the huge risk that these men and women take every day for the sake of our community’s safety. This loss should remind us all that the brave men and women who serve our community as first responders should be thanked and respected every day for their incredible service.
Today we want to honor the individuals who paid the ultimate price for the safety of the citizens of Houston. As you read over these names please take a moment to lift up a prayer for their families and fellow firefighters.
Captain EMT Matthew Renaud – Engine 51
Engineer Operator EMT Robert Bebee – Station 51
Firefighter EMT Robert Garner – Station 68
Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan – Station 68
Remember also those that are recovering from injuries:
Engineer Operator Anthony Livesay – Rescue 42
Firefighter EMT Robert Yarbrough – Rescue 42
Firefighter EMT Foster Santos – Rescue 11
Engineer Operator/Paramedic Marcus Hernandez – Medic 3
Captain William Dowling – Engine 68
In honor of these heroes, a public memorial service will be Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Reliant Stadium.
For more information on individual services for those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice, visit http://houstonfirememorial.org/. If you would like to donate to an organization that helps to provide assistance to the families of Houston firefighters who have lost their lives in the service of their community, please visit www.the100club.org.
At Dagley Insurance & Financial Services, we want to say a special thank you to all the men and women who serve as first responders in Houston and surrounding communities. Thank you for keeping our families safe while knowing the cost that it could mean for your own. You are heroes.