Candlelight Vigil Held For Fallen Ohio Firefighters


The bleachers were packed at Colerain High School's stadium Monday night, as hundreds came to honor Fire Capt. Robin Broxterman and firefighter Brian Schira with a candlelight vigil.

Personnel needing information for attending the funeral with apparatus and other assembly questions, should call the fire department at 513-825-6143, or visit the COLERAIN TOWNSHIP DEPARTMENT OF FIRE Web site for full funeral information including lodging locations.

Jason Schira called it a fitting tribute to his cousin. "When the bagpipes were playing, I know it was hard for me emotionally," he said. "I think it was hard on many of the family members, it's been a hard couple days you know."

Members of the Colerain Township Fire Department stood in the front, shoulder to shoulder, in honor of their fallen comrades.

"We will miss them, but we will not forget what each of them meant to us and to the community," said Chief Bruce Smith.

Broxterman and Schira died Friday when they went into a burning home in Colerain Township.

Arlene Zang, Captain Broxterman's mother, said she's proud of her daughter, but it was tough saying goodbye.

"She loved her family, she loved her girls -- God she loved her girls -- that's the hardest part," Zang said.

Zang said both girls, ages 8 and 10, are doing the best they can. "They're hurting, they're hurting, you know, we'll catch one of them with tears running down their face they know, they know," she said.

Visitation services for both firefighters will be Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home at the Spring Grove Cemetery. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral downtown.

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