That was 3 years ago, and yet as I went to work yesterday it was solidly in my mind...re-enforced by Brother Artie's post.Quote:
'I canít think of a more tragic Fathers' Day," a grim-faced Mayor Giuliani said after the three of New York's Bravest were killed in a blast during a fire at Queens' hardware store on Astoria Boulevard on June 17, and the rest of New York shared in the grief. The three Firefighters, Brian Fahey of East Rockaway (Rescue 4), Harry Ford of Long Beach (Rescue 4) and John J. Downing of Port Jefferson Station (Ladder 163), left behind eight children between them.
I spent the day hoping no other families would share a similar tragedy.
It was not to be.
My thoughts and prayers to the Brothers from Memphis, and the families of those involved.Quote:
Memphis Firefighter Lost, Second Fighting for Life in Mall Fire Trio of Bravest Became Trapped in Three-Alarm Blaze
HEATHER CASPI and DAVE J. IANNONE
A Memphis firefighter lost his life, and a second was fighting for his life, after they became trapped inside a burning shopping center in the north section of the city, authorities said.
The firefighter, whose name was expected to be released later Monday, was believed to have been the last of a trio of firefighters pulled from a burning Family Dollar Store. One of the three was missing for an as yet unreleased amount of time, sources said.
The firefighter had perished before he arrived at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, spokesman Skip Coder told Firehouse.com early Monday. A second firefighter remained in critical condition with life threatening burns. A third was treated and released, Coder said.
About 10 minutes into the fire attack, the three firefighters entered the strip mall and become trapped. One was missing for an undetermined amount of time, Memphis Fire Department Communications Watch Commander Bill Adelman said.
"[The building] was not heavily involved on arrival but it got that way," Adelman said.
The fire on North Watkins Street, dispatched at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, quickly rose to three alarms.
According to the city's radio feed, numerous units and command staff were being taken to a location to be debriefed.
The department is not releasing the names of the members until family can be notifed. Adelman said many of those family members and numerous on and off duty firefighters were waiting at the hospital for word on the conditions of the victims. Hundreds of others had called area fire stations and the city's dispatch center.
"The department as a whole is very concerned about the welfare of those involved," Adelman said before hospital officials confirmed one of the firefighters had lost his life. "We're praying for the best and that everybody will pull through."
The last firefighter fatalities in Memphis were in 2000, when Lt. Javier Lerma, 41, the son of a Memphis firefighter who died battling a blaze in 1977, and Pvt. William Blakemore, 48, a firefighter who was working for a sick colleague, were shot and killed by another firefighter on the scene of domestic dispute.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends John 15:13
Rest in Peace Brother....Brian, Harry and John will show you the way.