(News) Prayer service for fallen Houston firefighters

Written By: Niki Jones of Houston TREND


A call for prayer was answered this morning as families, friends and Houston locals gathered to honor the four Houston firefighters, who lost there lives battling the immense 5-alarm hotel fire, Friday afternoon.

According to ABC13.com “HFD spokesman Jay Evans said in total three firefighters were still hospitalized following the collapse, which turned out to be the deadliest in the department’s 118-year history.”

The prayer service was held at the Southwest Inn, the same location, where the blaze took the lives of those firefighters and injuring 13 other firefighters.

Although the weather postponed the prayer call and in turn deterring the crowd outcome expectation, families, friends, EMTs and others, still attended to honor our fallen Houston heroes: Captain EMT Matthew Renaud, 35, firefighter EMT Robert Garner, 29, probationary firefighter Anne Sullivan, 24 and engineer operator EMT Robert Bebee, 41.

Two other firefighters remain in the hospital in good stable condition.

A joint memorial service is tentatively scheduled for this Wednesday at 10am, but a location and other details are still pending.

The hotel fire broke out around noon Friday, at the Southwest Inn off the southwest freeway near Hillcroft.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, although its been reported the hotel had fire code violations, before it caught on fire.