Family of HFD firefighter Anne Sullivan sets up memorial fund

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by Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on November 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 12:00 PM

ROSENBERG, Texas — The family of Houston firefighter Anne Sullivan is remembering her by raising money to support other women who want to be firefighters.

“This is what Anne wanted to do since she was 17 years old,” said her mother, Mary Sullivan. “She came home one day and said she wanted to be a firefighter.”

Sullivan and three other members of the Houston Fire Department were killed while fighting a five-alarm blaze at the Southwest Inn Motel in May. She had just joined the department and the motel was only her second fire with HFD.

Hundreds of people were expected to come out to the Route 36 Bar and Dance Hall in Rosenberg to take part in the fundraiser for the Anne Sullivan Firefighter Memorial Fund.

“I want my daughter to live on, I want her to remembered,” said Sullivan’s mother. “What the scholarship entails is to provide financial support for young ladies who would like to become firefighters.”

Investigators have yet to release an official cause for the fire; they are looking for a man who was seen on security video as the flames broke out.

While the “mystery witness” isn’t considered a suspect, fire investigators believe he may have information on what caused the fire.

Sullivan’s family hopes someone will come forward if they recognize him or have any information on the cause of the fire.

“What we do know is the four went into that fire, through the black and smoke, to look for any people who may be in there,” said Mary Sullivan. “They are heroes, that’s a fact, that’s what we do know.”

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