HOUSTON — Sometimes, music can help mend wounds, and at Discovery Green on Sunday, country music was used to help firefighters and their families still reeling from a deadly blaze in May.
“It’s slow,” said Robert Yarbrough, who suffered a broken foot and a broken leg at the fire at the Southwest Inn. “It’s going to be a long process.”
That’s why an organization called Firefighters Helping Firefighters decided to pitch in. The benefit concert raises money to support the families of the firefighters injured in the blaze.
“This may be the inaugural event but from here on out it’s going to get bigger and bigger,” said Denis LaRoche, a spokesperson for Firefighters Helping Firefighters.
Some of the more than 5,000 people in attendance said they just came to show support.
“I think about those brave men and their families a lot and the sacrifices that these guys make each and every day,” said Marilyn Eken.
Firefighters in the crowd were appreciative, and so was the mother of Anne Sullivan, who died battling the fire that day.
“The hardest part is me being at home and looking at her stuff,” said Mary Sullivan. “That’s what’s hard, but this is wonderful. This is so supportive to me.”
It was also supportive to all firefighters still living in pain.
“I don’t know how we would pay them back,” said injured firefighter Foster Santos. “If we could, we would. This really means a lot.”