Yesterday's tragedy in Salisbury reminds us that on any given day, there is heartache in an American firehouse. In the case of that small North Carolina city, it had been 37 years since one of their finest had laid down his life in the service of others. His name was Joe Jenkins, and for many in Rowan County, he was less than a memory.

Ten years ago today in Los Angeles, another Firefighter named "Joe" drove quietly from his home in the pre-dawn darkness to begin a tour of duty that would prove to be his last....

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department