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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Heroes fall...

For the fallen firefighters in Charleston SC ...

May their souls be free,

May their families find peace,

May their brothers in arms find solace and the courage to go on,

May their community recognize what heroes they have lost and honour them.


When I am called to duty, God
Whenever flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age,
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert and
Hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out
I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and
Protect his property
And if according to my fate
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your
protecting hand
My children and my wife.

In memoriam

Capt. William "Billy" Hutchinson, 48 (30 years)

Capt. Mike Benke, 49 (29 years)

Capt. Louis Mulkey, 34 (11½ years)

Engineer Mark Kelsey, 40 (12½ years)

Engineer Bradford "Brad" Baity, 37 (9 years)

Assistant engineer Michael French, 27 (1½ years)

Firefighter James "Earl" Drayton, 56 (32 years)

Firefighter Brandon Thompson, 27 (4 years)

Firefighter Melven Champaign, 46 (2 years)

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Comments on "Heroes fall..."


Blogger Angell said ... (10:01 AM) : 

Well done Ann honey. Thank you.


Blogger Bond said ... (10:04 AM) : 



Blogger Anndi said ... (12:33 PM) : 


Thanks sweetpea. Having donned turnouts myself, it's a tough job that they have.



Least I can do for the fallen. Thank you.



Blogger Sparky Duck said ... (1:26 PM) : 

how did I miss hearing about this exactly?


Blogger Anndi said ... (1:42 PM) : 


Um... You didn't watch the news this morning...


Blogger Desert Songbird said ... (2:26 PM) : 

I never watch the morning news, but ever since I got caught sleeping in on September 11, 2001, I now check first thing in the morning.

When I saw this headline, my heart sunk, and my stomach got queasy.

Oh my.


Blogger Matt-Man said ... (2:34 PM) : 

Such an incredibly sad story. My son's godfather is a retired firefighter. Nice job Anndi.


Blogger Anndi said ... (3:10 PM) : 


Part of my job involves emergency measures and I work closely with first responders of all types. I have the utmost appreciation for firefighters. Every time we lose one, we lose a member of the family.


First thing I saw this morning was a body being carried out and my heart broke.
Glad he made it through his career with his life, he'll have good things to teach your son.


Blogger Chelle said ... (3:17 PM) : 

This was beautiful. And, thank you for your kind words.


Blogger Anndi said ... (4:49 PM) : 


You're very welcome. The blogosphere is a wonderful place!Hope you're feeling a little better. Thank you for visiting.


Anonymous Mimi Lenox said ... (5:13 PM) : 

What a lovely tribute. God bless.


Blogger Gail said ... (7:16 PM) : 

My sentiments, exactly.

Well done, my Twinny! You always have the right words to say


Blogger Meribah said ... (7:51 PM) : 

God bless those heroic men and the families/friends that grieve for them.


Blogger Anndi said ... (8:01 PM) : 


Least I can do for my fallen brothers.


It broke my heart this morning. Not sure if I always have those words, but I guess they fit because they came from the heart.




Blogger Maryfly said ... (8:15 PM) : 

sweetie, you are too wonderful for words, what a perfect tribute to those very brave men.

much love


Blogger Travis said ... (9:29 PM) : 

I read about this today. When everyone else is running away, they move willingly toward the danger.


Blogger Anndi said ... (9:51 PM) : 


True heroes.. Give Dan the man a big old bear hug for me...

Love ya


It's a calling. Hugs


Blogger julie said ... (10:32 PM) : 

Perfect post Sweet Ann. Thank you.


Blogger Dana said ... (10:32 PM) : 

Thank you, Anndi.


Blogger Coco said ... (8:22 AM) : 

B and I sat upt with our good neighbours last night ... he's a firefighter. They all feel the loss of their brothers-in-arms, no matter how far away. God bless them and their families.


Blogger Dixiechick said ... (8:50 AM) : 

Beautifully done my sweet sis, as usual.

May these brave men rest in peace. May peace be with each family.


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