Firefighters Pour in for Ohio Funerals Today


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As the funerals near for Capt. Robin Broxterman and Brian Schira, who were killed Friday in a Colerain Township house fire, their comrades travel from all over the area to pay their last respects.

"It's a sense of loss for everybody, as if they were from our department," said Hebron firefighter Mike Fronimos.

Firefighters From All Over Arrive For Funeral

Firefighters arrived Tuesday afternoon from Elyria, in northern Ohio, and they said they were drawn to the funeral.

"It's just something, as a brother, you stop what you're doing and take a moment and honor their sacrifice," said Elyria firefighter Bob Krugman. "It's a privilege for us to come and be a part of this."

The firefighters said they understand, as part of "The Brotherhood," their service comes with great sacrifice.

"We've been to funerals there, they've been to funerals here, we'll all be together at the next funeral somewhere else, and that's just the way that it is," said Hebron firefighter Mike Fronimos.

Thousands of mourners had already been expected for Wednesday morning's funeral, but a long-planned firefighters' convention this weekend in Indianapolis could swell their ranks.

"When one firefighter gets hurt, everybody hurts," said Dry Ridge firefighter Kellee Strong.

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