Nine Firefighters Perish In Roof Collapse

Maybe like you, I was set aback when I heard that nine Charleston S.C. firefighters lost their lives in a furniture warehouse when the roof collapsed on them. You say a prayer for the families they left behind. Then you ask why?

“Nine brave, heroic, courageous firefighters of the city of Charleston have perished fighting fire in a most courageous and fearless manner, carrying out their duties,” Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley said at a morning news conference. “To all of their loved ones, our heart goes out to them.”

Then I’m thinking, a furniture warehouse with no sprinkler system. The place is a matchbox. They saved the lives of the people who were there, then gave their lives trying to save furniture. It’s tough enough to lose one firefighter let alone nine at once. My prayers to the mothers and fathers and wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews they left behind.

I’ll take a pile of ashes of a furniture warehouse any day of the week, rather then losing nine men and affecting nine families.

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