Archive through July 19, 2006
We left work to watch the Memorial Procession earlier today. It was the most moving thing I have ever seen - I saw fire fighters who came from as far away as Ireland and Hawaii. One person I know saw an Australia badge. Cleveland, Ohio, must have sent at least 50 people. Others came from Dallas, Boise, Sacramento, and hundreds of other cities.
In addition to the fire fighters, there were police officers from around the country, and EMS folks as well.
They were expecting about 15,000-20,000 current or retired fire fighters to come here today. The last estimate I heard was that 50,000 showed up.
From my window I can see the new bill board they just put up by the high way, with pictures of the 6 firemen. It's too sad for words.
The death of the six firefighters is a very tragic accident. When they accepted their jobs they knew that one day they may be called upon to perform their duty with the possibility of injury or death hanging heavly on their shoulders. They accepted this and performed to the utmost of their abilities. They made the ultimate sacrifice. But the key word her is "accident". Yes I am outraged that six fine men with families have lost their lives. Howevere, let's not cover our grief with a "witch hunt" vengeance that could diminish the bravery and sacrifice these men made. The two people involved may not have been pillars of the community, and their actions did start the fire. However, the fire was not started with the intention to burn down the warehouse or cause injury. This was their home (such as it was) and maybe they should have done something to notify authorities, but none of that is against the law. Careless and thoughtless, yes. Let's honor the men and their families. And if you need someone to point a finger at, look to the buildings owner, and maybe even the Incident Commander for sending them into the building in the first place. And look at it as an expensive accident to be avoided in the future.
My father has been a firefighter in New Bedford, Massachusetts for almost 25 years, and the tragedy hit his department especially hard. Along with the thousands of fire personnel from all over the world who traveled to pay respect to the six fallen men, many firefighters throughout Massachusetts are working extra shifts to fill in for the mourning Worcester department, which further exemplifies the kinship firefighters feel. We must all keep in mind that not only were those firemen who perished heroes, but every man and woman who risks his or her life on a daily basis to fight fires is truly heroic.
Rather than focusing our energy on anger for the people who started the fire, we should support the families of those who gave their lives for their community.
Our heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of the Worcester Firefighters. May we never forget them or any of the other unsung heroes in our country or around the world. We should be grateful to the policemen, soldiers and firefighters who put their lives on the line every day, so that we may live our lives in safety and comfort...
I cannot express the sadness that my heart bleeds to these six brave men and their families. Being a person who has experienced tragic death in my immediate family, I still do not know how to address this situation. I feel hurt and loss with no replacement, only memories of how they served the public. It has become so personal because they were OUR firefighters, not just mine, yours, or the cities, OURS. I am amazed at how all people pull together in a tragedy such as this. It takes a special person to risk there life for another. Could you do this? I ask myself this question and honestly cannot answer it with a solid yes. So just take a minute to think of who the real heroes are. Sure some wear Nikes, or Converse, but, just think about it. Do you really think that Dennis Rodman would run into a burning building to save you????
Signed, a person who has watched this tragedy from College hill since Friday evening.
I have been a Firefighter for near 20 years and have never felt such saddness as I have now.
I did not know these fallen brothers but then again I did.I have done the same job they have.I have seen a lot of the same things they have.I have felt the joys of a job well done that they have.And I have felt the sorrow of a job that just wasn't good enough.
That is how I can say that I know them.I feel for the children who have no Daddys.I feel for the Wives who have no Husband coming through the door any longer.
I feel for the Moms and Dads who's Son made them proud and now they must live with an emptiness.
I feel for the Commanding Officer who put the order out for 4 more Firefighters to go in and pull out thiier Brothers.Imagine what he lives with nite after nite now.
I feel for the firefighters who are digging through the rubble for thier Brothers inch by inch.
AJ speaks of the bond that is built in a Fire Station.Its hard to describe but its something that comes from the heart.
Its people living out thier boyhood dreams of being a firefighter together as one.
I pray for the 6 men who lost thier lives in the line of duty and hope that it is never repeated.
Three words sum it all up...Pride,Honor and Sacrifice.