As thousands of Brother and Sister Firefighters arrive in Boston to honor the lives and families of beloved BFD “Jakes” Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, we hope and pray that those closest to this incident, and most importantly the families, can find some level of peace in their days, years and their lives ahead. RIP.
While this weeks focus is, as it absolutely must be, on the horrific loss of those two brave Boston Firefighters, a few weeks ago it was on New Jersey, and other places as we keep looking back.
Everyone and their brother have opinions on what’s right or wrong when we get hurt or killed. And while some don’t like hearing it, there are times when we absolutely must take great risk when there are indications of people being inside…you know, risk a lot to save a lot. No one else will get them out if we don’t get water on the fire and find the missing.
Next week at FDIC, your hearts will absolutely burst when you hear of the truly beyond human heroics of Bryan (Texas) FD’s 54-year-old Lt. Greg Pickard …and his witnessed efforts in his attempts to save his trapped Brother, Lt. Eric Wallace. Both lost their lives in as horrific manner as you can in our business. Next week, Lt Pickard will be awarded the coveted 2014 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award. Lt Pickard’s family and members of the BFD will be there -along with thousands of FDIC’ers as Lt Picard is honored posthumously. Do not miss that program.
It’s well known amongst our profession that last year was the deadliest on record for our Brothers and Sisters in Texas…Texas Firefighters-such as in Bryan. Early this morning, a “non fire service” magazine article was sent to us with a very interesting article. It is about Texas Firefighters and the Line of Duty Deaths that occurred in Texas last year….and we wanted to pass it on to you. The piece looks at the so called “cultural” aspect of the job with comments from Firefighters, Chiefs and others. Take time to read the piece.
HERE IS THE ARTICLE: http://www.texasobserver.org/hero-complex/