How shocked I was to hear of the terrible news that has happened here in Memphis with my "family" . My father (who turned 80 yesterday) is a retired district chief. I feel connected to every firefighter because of this, and it grieves me so to hear of anything that happens to them.
This is a tragedy in every sense of the word. I remember the worst thing dad ever talked about was a frozen waterhose. Never could I have imagined something like an ambush befalling those who serve and protect us.
There was no way of knowing a thing like this would happen. I am reminded of a quote on a wall here in Memphis:
"THE BELL RANG, AND THEY ANSWERED"
My prayers are with the families of those taken from us today. May those we lost be remembered for their bravery and dedication.
k cicalla curtis
daughter of retired district fire chief
My heart goes out to the families of the brave men who lost their lives today. Its a loss that this city will feel for a long time.
I have the up most respect for our fire, police and sheriff departments. May God be with you each time you are called to protect and serve this community!
wife of a policeman
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My heart goes out to the families of the victims, the Memphis Fire Dept and Shelby Co. Sheriff's Dept. for the senseless losses they suffered today. Although your losses are enormous, you do not grieve alone.
Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The Med)
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Yet another example of violence that is becoming much too common in
today's world. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the
Firefighters and Police Officer, as well as their brothers and sisters on the
job. God bless.
Wayne Twp. FD
The West Helena Fire Dept of Arkansas would like to send its love and hope to our brothers and sisters of the Memphis Fire Dept. in the wake of this most awful crime. There are never enough answers( those that make sence, anyway) to console the families or the friends of those that have been taken from us, and evenso don't ever think that you cry alone, because I like you have lost a member of my family today, my brothers in arms in the war against fire.
My family is very saddened by the loss of the two Memphis firefighters and
Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy today.
My father is a retired Memphis
Firefighter and I am a communications officer for our local Sheriff's Office.
We are very saddened by the loss of our fellow brothers. Please know that
each of these families are in our prayers, each one of the fallen angels were
very brave today.
Subject: MEMPHIS FIREFIGHTER'S AND SHERIFF
MARCH 8 2000
I'am a resident of Southaven ms.
My familey is in shock to know that alot of family's will not have daddy, brother, or friend want come home today becouse he was doing his job. And that job being to try and keep everyone safe. And today these guy's gave there life for nothing.
A crime that should have never happened. Being that he himself was a firefighter
and had put his life on the line. Now he takes the lives of friends a wife asheriff.
For what becouse he was mad? This is very said and are hearts and prayers go out to all family friiends and the son of the lady that was killed today.
There are know words to say what i fill for all . The only thing i'am sure of is this
man should get the fullest punishment the law can give. And my family will be praying for you all . One more thing this has hurt more then family and friends
It has hurt a community and for that i'am very sorry.
ANN PARR FAMILY
MAY GOD GIVE YOU ALL THE LOVE OF ONE ANOUTHER AT YOUR HOUR OF NEED SO YOU CAN MAKE IT . AND FOR THE LITTLE BOY I HAVE KNOW WORDS JUST A LOT OF PRAYERS
From: Vernon VanBuren <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I would like to send my prayers out to the families involved in this
senseless tragedy.Also I would like to send prayers out to the MFD. This
is something you would not expect or to come to mind when you hear the
word "firefighter". My husband is a police officer for the Memphis
Police Department and everyday he walks out the door I pray for him to
come home. So please keep on doing a wonderful job
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It is a sad day in Memphis that we loose more than just firefighters. They were members of our community who gave their lives to protect and serve. To protect us from and against fires not "gunmen". What will it take to keep those who protect us safe? My family sends heartwarming condolences to the Firefighter's and their family's. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. God Bless you and Keep you.
Michael, Katherine and Patrick
I could not believe my eyes when I turned on the news and saw the story of the tragedy in Memphis. To say I am stunned and shaken is an understatement.
The losses we have suffered in the past few months in our extended fire service family have been enormous. We have dealt with the Worcester tragedy, the brothers lost in Keokuk. Now, for something this horrible and senseless to occur... well, it is beyond comprehension.
We know our job carries high risks with it... but no firefighter goes to work expecting to lose their life in this manner. How do we protect ourselves from this type of incident?
I know the Lord has embraced our fallen brothers, and the officer that was taken. I now hope he helps us to find a way to deal with the pain and confusion we are now forced to face.
God bless our fallen heroes...
Rebecca Richardson FF/EMT
Isles of Capri Fire Rescue
Collier County, Florida
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I had to register to leave a message.I just wanted to say , God bless all the poor families that this mad man has destroyed.Firemen and the police go above and beyond their jobs to serve and protect.Someone should show respect.I've never had the occassion to need the firefighters or the police, but thank you for making life so liveable and taking the fear out of everyday situations.
First of all thank you to everyone who has posted here. We really do need your prayers now. Unbelieveably the report is true that it was a brother FF that shot and killed 3 of his other brothers, the 2 FF's and the Shelby County Sheriff Deputy. All I know is that he was in EAP with possibly some sort of mental illness but was supposedly cleared by a psychiatrist to come back to work but had apparently called in sick today and did this unspeakable act. I don't really know what else to say except we all need your prayers to get us through this horrible time. I can't believe this.
I have 5 years with the Memphis Fire Dept.
Thank you to all for your kind words and prayers.
May God be with us all.
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From all the members of Lasker Vol. Fire Dept, we would like to send our condolences to the families of the firefighters killed, and also to the family of the officer killed.
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MY NAME IS CHAROLETT CLAYTON, IM A VOL. FIREFIGHTER WITH THE SOUTHWEST ALCORN COUNTY FIRE DEPT. I WISH TO SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES OF THE PEOPLE AMBUSHED TODAY. THIS WAS SO UNCALLED FOR AND INSANE. I HOPE THE MAN GETS THE DEATH PENALTY AND IT IS CARRIED OUT AS SOON AS IT IS HANDED DOWN. PEOPLE LIKE THIS MAN DONT EVEN NEED TO BE RELATED TO AS BEING ONE OF US,,,BECAUSE IF HE TRULY WAS ONE OF US HE WOULD NEVER HAVE GONE DOWN TO THIS LEVEL. SO IN MY HEART I WILL NEVER , EVER, CONSIDER HIM AS BEING PART OF OUR BROTHER AND SISTERHOOD WE ALL HAVE WITH EACH OTHER.
NOT ONLY AM I A VOL. FIRE FIGHTER, IM A FIRST RESPONDER.. SO I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR ALL FEELING AND I JUST WISH I COULD BE THERE TO HUG YOUR NECKS AND HOLD EACH OF YOUR HANDS DURING THIS TRYING TIME,,,,AND MAY WE ALSO KEEP IN OUR HEARTS THE LITTLE BOY LEFT BEHIND,,,,AND THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN BRETHERN AND SISTERS.
ALCORN COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
I AM NOT A FIREFIGHTER OR POLICEMAN BUT I AM ONE WHO THEY SERVE AND PROTECT.
I AM VERY SADDENED BY THIS TRAGIC ORDEAL AS I WAS ONLY A FEW MILES AWAY FROM
TODAYS SHOOTINGS. MY HEART IS FILLED WITH GRIEF FOR ALL OF MEMPHIS AND THE
FAMILYS OF THE VICTIMS. WE HAVE TO STOP ALL THIS MADNESS. PLEASE ACCEPT MY
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. ALSO I WOULD SEND MY PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY OF THE WOMEN
ALSO KILLED WHOSE YOUNG CHILD IS NOW LEFT WITHOUT A MOTHER.
MY LORD GOD, I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE I AM GOING. I DO NOT SEE THE ROAD AHEAD OF
ME. I CANNOT KNOW FOR CERTIAN WHERE IT WILL END. NOR DO I REALLY KNOW MYSELF
AND THE FACT THAT I THINK THAT I AM FOLLOWING YOUR WILL DOES NOT MEAN THAT I
AM ACTUALLY DOING SO. BUT I BELIVE THAT THE DESIRE TO PLEASE YOU DOES IN FACT
PLEASE YOU. AND I HOPE THAT I HAVE THE DESIRE IN ALL THAT I AM DOING. I HOPE
THAT I WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING APART FROM THAT DESIRE. AND I KNOWTHAT IF I DO
THIS, YOU WILL LEAD ME BY THE RIGHT ROAD THOUGH I MAY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT.
THEREFORE WILL I TRUST YOU ALWAYS THOUGH I MAY SEEM TO BE LOST AND IN THE
SHADOW OF DEATH. I WILL NOT FEAR, FOR YOU ARE EVER WITH ME, AND YOU WILL
NEVER LEAVE ME TO FACE MY JOURNEY HOME ALONE. GUIDE ME INTO THY HEAVENS O
LORD AND SEND DOWN THE STRENGTH THAT MY LOVED ONES ASK YOUR FOR TO HELP THEM
THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
My concern and greif are unexplainable. My greif of the loss to the people of Memphis. My concern for all fire fighters. We have all seen and read of on scene violence. Of enraged criminals seeking one of our comrades and inflicting harm upon them. What is the managments view of this incident? What will our leaders do to protect us as we do battle while performing our jobs? Can we expect more assistance...or will our leaders just go on "business as usual"? For the publics sake and ours, I hope this drives the point home, we are doing battle every time we respond to a call!!
Cy-FairVFD, Houston/Cypress Texas
I also work along side firefighter's, belong to a Volunteer Fire Dept. in Somerville, Tn. and also work at The Med where the victim's and the suspect were taken. My heart goes out the families of the victim's, my prayers are with you now and always as I also live with a firefighter. I do not want him hurt or killed, no one does. But he and other firefighters go out there day in and day out to do their job protecting everybody. They understand they could be hurt on the job, but not by guns, and definitely not by a fellow firefighter. We are there for you, our prayers and thoughts are with you always.
The Cartersville Fire Dept sends our deepest sympathy to the families of our fallen brothers. My they have peace in their time of suffering. We are truly sorry this had to happen.
My heartfelt prayers are with you right now. May God give you comfort and peace.
I would just like to say how sorry I am to the families, friends, and coworkers of the 3 firemen who were senselessly killed in the act of duty. I would just like to thank them for giving their lives to help others. My thought and prayers are with you all.