On Saturday, April 29, a Chicago firefighter was killed and at least 10 other people injured, including several other firefighters, in a motor vehicle accident.
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The officers and members of the Harmony VFD wish to express their condolances to the family and the Chicago FD on this terrible accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Good Luck And Be Safe
Volunteer Fire Department
The Officers and Members of Heavy Rescue Co.1 of the Elmont FD wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Lt. L C Murrell and the Chicago FD. May the Supreme Chief watch over the family and friends of Lt. Murrell and guide him to the Main Station.
Pete Rizzo Ex Capt
Heavy Rescue Co 1
Elmont FD Elmont NY
The Fairfax/Madison Place Fire-Rescue would like to express our most profound and heartfelt sympathy for the tragic loss of brother Lt. Merrell. May God bless the family and friends, as well as the brothers and sisters of the Chicago Fire Department.
Lt. Mark Milliron
Fairfax/Madison Place Fire-Rescue
The Officers and Members of the Comstock Township department of Fire & Rescue.
Wish to Express to the Families of Lt Merrell and the members of Truck 24 Our Condolances in your time of Grief.
May Healing be quick and fond Memories
The members of the Gamewell Fire Department wish to express our condolances to the family and members of the Chicago F.D. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gamewell Fire Dept.
The Richmond, Virginia Department of Fire and Emergency Services, is sadden to learn of the passing of Fire Lieutenant L. C. Merrell, of the Chicago Fire Department, in the line of duty.
Words can never expressed to hurt that we feel when we loose a fellow brother or sister in the line of duty. One would guess that the alarm bells was false, and we have lost another brave member of our family to a false alarm call.
May God bless Lt. Merrell's family, his fire company and the members of the Chicago Fire Department. May his death not be forgotten and that he will rest in peace.
The members of the Burton Fire District would like to express deep regret for the loss of another one of our brothers. We send condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Merrell and the fine city of Chicago who lost a hero yesterday.
the members of tri-twp fire dept, in st. charles mi express our condolances to our fellow fire fighting family in chicago. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
fire fighter/medical first responder
tri-twp fire dept. st. charles mi
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The members of the Sylacauga Fire Department would like to express our condolences to the Family and to the Chicago F.D. in their loss of Lt. L.C. Murrell. May God be with you all in this time of sorrow.
Sylacauga Fire Dept.
In this most difficult of times I would like send a message of heart felt sorrow to the family of Lt.Merrell and his company Truck #24. You, and all the memebers of the CFD are in the thoughts and prayers of the members of the Boston Fire Department.
On behalf of Marlborough Firefighters Local 1714/IAFF/PFFM, please accept our condolences on the death of Lt. Merrell and pray for the recovery of FF Seiver and the other FFs injured in the collision.
We boldly go where no one else dares...
take care and stay safe
On behalf of all Kuwait Fire Fighters, I would like to express my condolances to the family and members of the Chicago Fire Dept. Eventhough we are thousands of miles away, but when a brother firefighter any whefre in the world goes down, we feel like it is one of us that who gave his/her life in the line of duty. There are no words that can express our sadness for the loss of Fire Lieutenant L. C. Merrell.
Ali H. Asad
Asst. Chief Fire Officer
Kuwait Oil Company
Kuwaiti Wild Well Killers
Kuwait - Ahmadi
From the members of THE NCFD and Local #3648, our sympathies and condolences go to the family of Lt. L.C.Merrel. We also pray for the speedy recovery of F.F. Rodney Sevier.
God Speed and God Bless,
Engineer, Station #4
North Charleston F.D.
Members of Harrison Firefighters Local 3204 send our condolences and sympathy in the loss of Lt. Merrell. Your loss is all of ours.
President, Local 3204
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As another brother falls and flags go to half staff, we all hang our heads and pray that it soon will stop. The senseless loss of life of our brothers and sisters is a tragedy. Our prayers are with the memebers of the Chicago Fire Department. We also greive with and pray with the family of our fallen brother. May god watch over them as they struggle to deal with their loss. God watch over his children and help them understand that their father is a hero.
Stan, Karen, Trey, Ryan
From: "Kuk, Michael KUKM" <KUKM@LEAVENWORTH.ARMY.MIL>
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Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 11:46:43 -0000
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On behalf of the Fort Leavenworth Firefighters, we send our thoughts and
prayers to our Brothers and Sisters of the Chicago Fire Department today in
the tragic loss of Truck 24's Lieutenant Merrell. We ask St. Florian to
accompany Lt. Merrell as he enters his new duty station at Headquarters
Station Heaven, and meets our Eternal Chief. With sincere sympathy, Michael
L. Kuk, PhD.; Fort Leavenorth, Kansas-Fire & Emergency Services
The members of Dresden Fire Department wish to pass on their condolences to the family, friends and fellow members of the Chicago Fire Department on the passing of Lt. L.C. Merrell. May God be with you in this time of need.
the officers and members of the ford heights fire dept were sorry to hear the death of a fellow brother fall in the line of duty we offer our sympanthy to the members of the chicago fire dept and truck 24
The Helanville VFD wish to express our condolances to the family and the Chicago FD.
Our prayers are with you.
May god bless the family of Lt.LC Murell.
The helanville VFD.
On Behalf of all the Officer and Members of Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Service, we send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Lt. Murrell and all of our brother and sister firefighters in the Chicago Fire Department.
God Bless you all
Daniel R. Shealy, FF2/EMT-B
Rescue Sergeant Co.69
The officers and members of the Scipio Twp Vol Fire Dept extend our sincere sympathy to the fire fighters and their families in this tragic time. May you all find strength in each other, and my time heal your pain. God speed.
Lt. Eric Fenstermaker
Scipio Twp. Vol. Fire Dept.
THE CREATION OF THE FIREFIGHTER
When the Lord was creating Firefighters, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "Your doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."
And the Lord said "Have you read the specification on this person? Firefighters have to be able to go for hours fighting fires or tending to a person that the usual every day person would never touch, while putting in the back of their mind the circumstances. They have to be able to move at a seconds notice and not think twice of what they are about to do, no matter what the danger. They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on half-eaten meals, and they must have six pairs of hands.
The Angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pair of hands... no way."
"It's not the hands that are causing me the problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes a Firefighter has to have."
"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.
The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through the fire and where they and their fellow Firefighters should fight the fire next. Another pair here in the side of the head to see their fellow Firefighters and keep them safe. And another pair of eyes in the front so that they can look for the victims caught in the fire that need their help."
"Lord" said the angel, touching his sleeve, "Rest and work on this tommorrow."
"I can't" said the Lord, "I already have a model that can carry a 250 pound man down a flight of stairs and to safety from a burning building, and can feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."
The angel circled the model of the Firefighter very slowly, Can it think?"
"You bet" said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred fires; and can recite procedures in their sleep that are needed to care for a person until they reach the hospital. And all the while they have to keep their wits about themselves. This Firefighter also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with a scene full of pain and hurt, coaxing a child's mother into letting go of the child so that they can care for the child in need. And still they rarely get the recongnition for a job well done from anybody, other than from fellow Firefighters."
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her fingers across the cheek of the Firefighter. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "Lord it's a tear. What's the tear for?" asked the angel.
"It's a tear from bottled-up emotions for fallen comrades. A tear for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American Flag. It's a tear for all the pain and suffering they have encountered. And it's a tear for their commitment to caring for and saving lives of their fellow man!"
"What a wonderful feature Lord, you're a genious" said the angel.
The Lord looked somber and said, "I didn't put it there."
~~ AUTHOR UNKNOWN ~~
The Executive Board and Members of IAFF Local 3860, send our deepest Sympathy to Family and Friends. May God forever watch over the Chicago Fire Department and the families of our fallen Brothers.
With deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Merrell from Grays Harbor County Fire District Seven. We all lose when courageous men fall.