HOUSTON — It’s a week Kiefer Quirk will never forget.

Last Tuesday, he found out he’s one of 220 firefighters being laid off from HFD.

Three days later, Quirk and his wife saw ultrasound photos of their first baby.

Quirk said they had been trying for two years to get pregnant.

“Best day of my life and some of the worst all in one week,” Quirk said.

His Facebook post has over 1,600 shares and hundreds of comments. 

After almost two years of trying, my wife and I finally got the good news. Then I got my lay-off email, 3 days before the ultrasound. Best news of my life and some of the worst all in one week...

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the layoffs are necessary to help pay for the firefighter raises approved by voters who said yes to Prop B last fall.

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Mediation talks between the mayor and firefighters union president broke off last week.

The legal battle to decide whether Prop B should be rescinded is now back in the hands of a judge.

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