It was a bad day. It’s not clear if they were on the roof when it collapsed or under it. It doesn’t matter right now. Four Houston firefighters are gone, killed in a struggle with a monstrous five-alarm fire. They died trying to make sure there were no occupants trapped in the hotel. The team consisted of veterans and rookies. One was a spring graduate of the Fire Academy. At 24, she’s proven herself to her comrades.
As the sun set, the bodies of the fallen were given a hero’s escort to the mortuary.