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Fallen Firefighters in the Houston Community - June 17, 2013

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Fallen Firefighters in the Houston Community

The Houston community is mourning the loss of four firefighters, who gave the ultimate sacrifice from a fire in Southwest Houston on May 31, 2013.

On Wednesday, June 5, a Public Memorial Service was held at Reliant Stadium in honor of our fallen heroes. The service began with a procession of the victims' families, with about 40,000 people remembering the four who died in the deadliest fire in HFD's history. Texas Governor Rich Perry and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the victims' families, and other firefighters spoke in memory of our fallen firefighters who died sacrificing their lives in order to save others.

Decorations in memory of four fallen firefighters

The Sharpstown Civic Association decorated trees with ribbons in front of the Fire Stations 51 and 68 in memory of the four fallen firefighters. Our community continues to show support through donations, flowers, flags, balloons and much more.

Decorations in front of Fire Station 51


Houston Fire Department Line of Duty Deaths

Fallen Firefighters

Left to right: Robert Garner, Robert Bebee, Anne Sullivan, Matthew Renaud

Firefighter EMT Robert Garner (29) of Station 68 (far left). He began his career with the Houston Fire Department in October of 2010 and has served out of Fire Station 68 since.

Engineer Operator EMT Robert Bebee (41) of Station 51 (second from left). He began his career with the Houston Fire Department in August of 2001 and in addition to Fire Station 51, has served out of Stations 37, 40, 10 and 48.

Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan (24) of Station 68 (second from right). She graduated from Houston Fire Department Academy this past April and was assigned to Fire Station 68.

Captain EMT Matthew Renaud (35) of Station 51 (far right). He began his career with the Houston Fire Department in October of 2001 and in addition to Fire Station 51 has served out of Stations 39, 83, 73, 37, 60 and 35.

Houstonians are urged to avoid donating to questionable groups or individuals seeking money toward memorial funds. Instead, Houstonians are urged to contribute directly to the “100 Club Survivors Fund” and avoid potential scams.

The 100 Club is collecting donations to assist the families of the injured and fallen heroes. If you would like to make a contribution, please visit www.the100club.org or call 713-952-0100.

Established in Houston, Texas in 1953, The 100 Club is a well-recognized organization within the communities it serves. The 100 Club began when 100 men, each contributing $100, wanted to help the families of Houston Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty.

The effort put forth by these men has developed into over a half century of support for law enforcement in not only Harris County, but seventeen surrounding counties – Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Liberty, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, Waller, and Washington counties. In October 2001, The 100 Club reached another milestone in its history by providing benefits to the dependents of Firefighters killed in the line of duty. In May of 2006, we began providing “line of duty” death benefits statewide to dependants of commissioned personnel with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission, and institutional personnel with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The continued growth of The 100 Club is only possible through its members and donations made from the community. Your membership helps The 100 Club continue to support the Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters that protect you.

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