Dear Friends at Firehouse:


The family of fallen Lieutenant Javier Lerma acknowledges your many acts of
kindness throughout this terrible tragedy in Memphis.


Representing Mrs. Elena Lerma, Javier's mother
William T. Adelman, Watch Commander,
Memphis Fire Department


On a personal note,


As firefighters, our job is to deal with crisis. This senseless act of
violence has brought us closer than any single incident in our department's
history. Today, we bury one of our own and begin recovery. We thank God for
Javier's life. Our lives will never be the same for his having touched us,
and then left us, far too soon. We take comfort in knowing that, today, he
walks with his father. And, we take comfort in knowing that they, together,
walk with their Father in heaven. Thank you for your care and concern.


William T. Adelman
Memphis Fire Department
Firecmdr@aol.com