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    As a brother volunteer firefighter, I am saddened at your loss. My families
    thoughts and prayers of out to you and yours. Words can not express our
    sadness. I only hope our prayers will easy your pain.

    Mark Osinski
    Orange Volunteer Fire Association
    Connecticut
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    The last ten months have been real bad for fire-fighters nationwide. Add 2
    firefighters in Russia, and the ones who were shot in a foriegn country during
    a riot, noe Memphis, where is our profession going.?? Our job is bad enough,
    yet one of our own turns on us???? Why are the Memphis Folks not letting us
    know why Williams was off for "Employee Assistance"???? Let's get of of people
    who go "Postal". Un answered questions, answers will come. General fire fighter
    safety is a major current issue. The boys in Washington are now starting to
    realize we need the help, just like law enforcement needs. In one of BILL'S
    finer monents, he has given us the recognition we have so longly needed. And
    the Money.. I have heard seminar speakers the likes of Vincent Dunn,John
    Norman, Alan Brunnicini,excuse spelling, and along with Frank Brannigan, again
    spelling, and they have powerful stuff for us. Why can't we get them together
    to go to the NFPA, and the Government in General and relate their experiences
    in their years of fire service, and begin to maybe re-construct how we teach
    fire fighters. Somewhere in your web site I saw the Wooster Report. It
    indicated trainning may be helpfull. When I first became a fireman, at age 13
    in a small volunteer department on the Eas tCoast, I was trainned in grass
    fires, forest fires, vehicle fires, and never went to a good house fire. I then
    went to a college town in Ohio where it was all volunteer. We did take the then
    offical Ohio T&I Basic Fire Trainning Course. That was great. Got into smoke,
    got into rooms on fire, great stuff.Went to a suburb of a major Ohio town,
    became a volunteer where there were 3 stations, and saw a lot of fire, and
    EMS/Rescue stuff. Continued trainning thru North Western Ohio Volunteer
    Firemans Association, and our tri-county fire school annually. Have recently
    had trainning from Columbus Fire Dept Bomb Squad, and the CFD Haz Mat unit.
    Fire fighting aint what is used to be. We are now more involved in more stuff,
    and are more depended upon by our communities. Our Trainning has got to change,
    and more safety topics have got to be put forward. I feel that the above
    mentioned people, who we all RESPECT, need to be the fore runners of the new
    fire service. They also need to get to NFPA and work AGAINST WOOD TRUSS
    construction, especially Vincent Dunn who has done a great job in surveying
    construction methods. Have him take on the construction industry with the
    backing of NFPA, the IAFF, and all others concerned. Something has to be done.
    ALL fire depts need to have incident command, and accountability systems. The
    People who contribute to FIREHOUSE Magazine are the experts of todays fire
    service. Get them out front so they can be heard and make a difference...Greg
    ganfdrr@bucyrus.net

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    My husband is a volunteer firefighter...we had our share of devistating
    wildfires this last year...While my husband was out on the line fighting to
    save peoples very exsistance, I never once thought he would die....God and his
    angels were at his side...I just today heard of the deaths in Memphis of 2
    firefighters and a 1 deputy sheriff...I want the families and fellow brothers
    and sisters of these heroic men to know, that they did not die in vain....I'm
    sure that if they could, they would tell you at this moment, they died doing
    what they believed in....there is not very many men and women in these days of
    "world peace" that can pass on that way...our world as we see it is going to
    "hell in a handbasket"....children killing children, brother killing brother,
    sister killing sister...there is just no sense to be made of it all....
    As the rest of the fire fighters and police officers and their familes grieve
    and pray with the Memphis community, I would ask that we all don't loose
    faith...Faith that things will get better, time will heal the wounds and God
    will see us through....
    From the Family of the Keswick Volunteer Fire Department and the whole
    FireFighting Communtity of Shasta County California, may the Lord be with you
    in your time of sorrow...know that there are thousands of grieving hearts that
    are thinking of all of you...
    Ours Thoughts and Prayers are with You ALL,

    Mary Lou Vallee-Poer
    Wife of Kevin Poer
    Keswick Volunteer Fire Dept.
    Redding, C
    kmlpoer@sal.awwwsome.com

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    >Dear Friends at Firehouse:
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    >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
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    >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

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    I want to express my sincere heartfelt condolences to the families of
    our fallen heroes. They were just doing their jobs, protecting the
    Memphis community, when they were senselessly cut down by one of their
    own. I cry for them and for us, the citizens of Memphis. This city has
    suffered a great loss. I will never forget the firefighters and the
    deputy that gave their lives for us. I pray for the families to be
    comforted in the fact that they were all our brothers, fathers,
    grandfathers and friends and that we suffer too.

    Sincerely,
    Jacquelin C. Walton
    jawal88@bellsouth.net

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    We send our deepest condolences to the families
    of the firefighters and police officers.
    And we know very well how heavy to lose a friends
    (on February we lost 3 colleagues - 5 orphans is too much).
    Really bad year!

    Sent by Vic Tolstikov,
    FDept@mail.ru www.center.spb.ru

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    Just know that those of us employed at the Houston Fire Department keep you
    in our thoughts and prayers. The civilian employees in HFD know the pain
    you are feeling is great and that firefighters sacrifice so much to keep
    all of us safe.

    Again, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time
    of great grief and tragedy.

    Bonnie Sandberg
    bsandberg@pdq.net

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    First we would like to thank each of you who put your lives on the line for
    us. We take you all for granted each day until a senseless act such as the
    deaths of these fine people here in Memphis. Our hearts go out to all of your
    families as our prayers do also.
    With deepest respect, John and Vicki Greer
    Vagreer52@cs.com

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    My family and I send our deepest sympathy to all the families of the
    Firefighters that lost their lives in the line of duty in Memphis. My husband
    is in Law Enforcement and we feel like we lost family members. You all will
    forever be in our prayers.
    LTIPARKS@aol.com

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    I would like to thank each of our Brothers and Sisters who came to Memphis to
    be with us in our grief this week. I want to thank all of you for the
    messages on the email that meant so much to us when we so despirately needed
    it. The message from Saudi Arabia was special since some of our Memphis
    Firefighters met them last November. The message from the Interprise was so
    sincere. We have lost, like other departments, too many of our Brothers.
    What does it take? More training..more attention to our
    surroundings...better screening of potential employees?? As long as we are
    Firefighters, this horrible potential is always present. As long as we are
    Firefighters, our love for each other in our profession will help carry us
    through these times. You were here for us this week...I sincerely hope you
    never need us like we needed you but if you do, you know we're here and we
    will be there for you.

    Chief Of Safety
    Memphis Fire Department
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    I am writing in regards to the tragedy in Memphis Tn. It is awful to know that something like this could possibly happen to the most unselfish people of us all. The 2 firefighters were there to possibly save lives and to help a family in need. It is disturbing to know that a fellow firefighter would do this to friends and co-workers. I went to the place this occurred and laid flowers down for my 3 fallen heros, whom I will always love.
    God Bless you All and Thank You
    Nikki Clevenger
    ihale@midsouth.rr.com

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    To, our, Brothers & Sisters of the Memphis Fire Department:
    Our, hearts and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow.

    Batesville Fire Department
    Batesville,Ms

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    We all are sadden by the tragic events that have unfolded these past few months. We have all lost a family member in each of these events. Just this week my local depts laid to rest a chief, "Firefighters risk there life to save others", thats the words we live by. To the Mephis FD we sent our regards.


    Sincerely
    Upper Montgomery County VFD

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    My personal condolences goes out in regard to your loss. I am very proud of the sacrifice that my brother has made in the name of public safety. It is with a heavy heart that I pay my respects to the family, friends, and department.

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