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Houston Fire Chief's Speech

Houston Fire Chief's Speech

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Fire Chief Terry Garrison joined family members and and thousands of other mourners for this morning’s service at Reliant Arena for the four firefighters killed in last week's motel blaze.
Fire Chief Terry Garrison joined family members and and thousands of other mourners for this morning’s service at Reliant Arena for the four firefighters killed in last week's motel blaze.

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Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison’s Speech:
 
Mayday,
The internationally recognized word used to send a distresssignal to an entire department alerting them that one or more of their members are in jeopardy. It is also a signal that Firefighters fear hearingthe most.On Friday, May 31, 2013 the Mayday alarm was heard throughout theHouston Fire Department, which tragically resulted in the mostcatastrophic loss of lives in the history of our department. We lost four of our very brave members that day.Our hearts are broken but our spirits are strong. There is little we can doto help heal the hurt we feel. However we can stay strong in spirit,celebrate their lives and honor their service. We can continue to do our  jobs to the best of our ability.We can stand united as an organization and as an extended family tocontinually ensure that we provide the highest level of customer service,and always do our upmost to ensure firefighter safety.Firefighters across this country acknowledge and accept the inherentrisks that come with our job, and we all willingly take the Firefighter Oath of Service-in part vowing to serve the citizens of our communitieswith bravery, empathy and integrity.The Houston Fire Department averages 850 calls a day; that includesapproximately a dozen working fires each shift. Our brave men andwomen continuously work to help keep the citizens of our city out of 
harm’s way. That’s just a normal day in the life
of a Houston Firefighter.As the Fire Chief of this exceptional organization, I stand before youtoday; respectful, humbled, and extremely proud of all our Houston FireDepartment members.
 
 
I’m
especially proud of Cpt. Mattew Renaud, Engineer Operator RobertBebee, Firefighter Robert Garner, and Firefighter Anne Sullivan - for they paid the ultimate price in the line of duty.As every Houston firefighter readily does; they quickly responded to thecall of duty last Friday, and fulfilling our department motto of 
Courage,Commitment, and Compassion
 proceeded to do their jobs.To the families and loved ones of our fallen firefighters, let me say that Irecognize your sacrifice and I thank you; for you gave more than what isever expected of anyone
 – 
you gave a part of yourself, you gave your loved ones!We can never fully convey our sorrow, gratitude, and admiration for these brave individuals, and we can only speculate on what futurecontributions they may have made to our department,But as it stands today, they gave it their all and for that we will beforever in their debt and we will never forget.When the Mayday sounded last Friday here in Houston, I truly believeour members left this earthly place and immediately stood at attention onthe row call in Heaven.And rest assured Heaven received an amazing crew; Captain Renaud,Engineer Operator Bebee, Firefighter Garner and Firefighter Sullivanwho I know are ready for any task they are assigned.I know this in my heart because I believe that when we take our last breath on earth; we take our very next breath in Heaven.God Bless the Houston Fire Department and the citizens of Houston.

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