Houston's fallen firefighters honored in ceremony

Thirty-eight firefighters were remembered by city leaders and U.S. congressmen in a touching tribute

March 1, 2014 4:26:19 PM PST
Some of Houston's hometown heroes paid homage Saturday to their fallen comrades during the city's annual firefighters memorial ceremony.

From U.S. congressmen to city leaders and the fire chief, the tribute to the four firefighters who died last year was touching. On Saturday, 68 fallen firefighters were honored, including the four who were killed in May 31 motel fire in southwest Houston.

Matthew Renaud, Robert Bebee, Robert Garner and Anne Sullivan were searching for tapped victims inside the burning Southwest Inn Hotel when the roof collapsed.

Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison calling it the most tragic day in the department's history. A red rose and fire helmet was placed on the wall of remembrance by family members who attended the ceremony.

"They'll actually get to spend some time with family members of the fallen from the past, and when you watch them bond, it's pretty incredible," Garrison said.

"You don't live or walk this journey alone. Houston is not that kind of city. And we will stand by your side forever," U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said.

Those four fallen firefighters were remembered last year in a city-wide memorial at Reliant Stadium.

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