This is a rough week in the fire service, as we remember two tragedies that combined to take twelve firefighters from our ranks.
June 17, 2001, City of New York, NY. The Father's Day Fire.
Firefighter Jown Downing, Ladder 163
Firefighter Brian Fahey, Rescue 4
Firefighter Harry Ford, Rescue 4
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June 18, 2007, City of Charleston, SC. The Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire.
Captain Louis Mulkey, Engine 15
Captain Mike Benke, Engine 16
Firefighter Melven Champaign, Engine 16
Captain William "Billy" Hutchinson, Engine 19
Engineer Bradford "Brad" Baity, Engine 19
Firefighter James "Earl" Drayton, Engine 19
Engineer Mark Kelsey 40, Tower 5
Engineer Michael French, Tower 5
Firefighter Brandon Thompson, Tower 5
Take a moment today to remember, and be free giving out hugs to your family tonight.