Saturday, June 19, 2010

Remembering the Charleston 9

  Three years ago yesterday nine Charleston firefighters lost their lives fighting a blaze in a furniture warehouse. It was the most costly since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    In my opinion the best way to honor fallen firefighters is to support your local fire departments and encourage their training. Both hands on training (live burns) and in knowledge based training (classes) so that tragedy like this does not happen again. The following is a picture of the site of the Charleston 9 fire that Jim and I stopped by when we went to Charleston last year. There are flags where each of the 9 men were found, which was the most emotional part to me. It is not just a line of flags that match and blend together, they stand as individuals. My heart goes out to the families, friends, and co-workers of those who were lost. We will never forget.

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