HOUSTON – Firefighters as a group are very resilient, but the Houston Fire Department has been stunned by the sudden loss of four of their own when a roof collapsed Friday during a fire at the Southwest Inn.
Few if any of them have ever been through anything of this magnitude before. HFD has dispatched their support network, counselors, firefighters and the fire chief himself to console each of the families and the surviving firefighters.
“Any time one of your brothers and sisters are affected -- it’s not just that --it’s also the reality of the inherent danger of this profession. It reminds you. It reminds your family,” Cpt. Ruy Lozano, HFD spokesman, said at a press conference on Saturday.
Lozano said that he knew the firefighters that died battling Friday’s blaze.
“The firefighters that are at the station are going through the same thing, not just for them, but they also think about when they get home and their kids ask them what happened? How do you tell them? So it’s just a difficult time,” Lozano said.
Preliminary plans are for a massive memorial service to take place Wednesday at Reliant Stadium.