HOUSTON – The Houston Texans open Training Camp one week from Friday, but on Tuesday three of the their players and several cheerleaders made a surprise visit to fire stations 51 and 68.
Texans LB Whitney Mercilus, LS Jon Weeks and QB TJ Yates came out to show their appreciation for what the men and women of the Houston Fire Department do for the city each day.
“Being here and seeing the people that work so hard every day, it’s very moving,” said Yates. “It’s kind of funny, their thanking us but again and again we have to thank them. What they do on a daily basis is far and beyond what we do on a football field.”
“We haven’t forgotten,” said Mercilus. “We understand it as a team. As a team we’re a tight unit, the same goes for the people here at this fire station. You take a bullet for your brother.”
Station 51 lost two firefighters, Matthew Renaud and Robert Bebee in last month’s tragic fire. Robert’s mother was truly touched by the show of support. She told KHOU 11 Sports that she believes the Texans are showing the same type of teamwork that her son and his fellow firefighters have always displayed at Station 51.
“I think they’re both grand gestures,” said Robert’s mother Sabina Bebee. “The only thing is that Robert is in heaven and they are doing their duty for the public and I appreciate that. I think Robert is right here right now, saying ‘Mom, let go of my shirt’.
The Texans attended the funeral services for the four fallen firefighters at Reliant Stadium last month. The team moved up their practice times to make sure they could show their support.
“It was a beautiful service,” said Yates. “How much support the city of Houston showed those firefighters that day was unbelievable.”