We Remember

I will never forget waking up the morning of June 19, 2007.

As I poured my coffee and  opened my  laptop to start perusing the news, one of the first stories I found was of a fire in Charleston, SC which claimed the lives of nine firefighters overnight.

I watched the news videos and could not believe what I was seeing as so many things went wrong.

It was frustrating and heart wrenching. I was still an active firefighter, five years from retiring.

I cried.

Here is the wiki story on the fire and it seems to tell a pretty accurate story (at least as I understand it)  as to what happened that evening. . .  and the lessons that were learned.

Today we remember:

Captain Louis Mulkey

Captain Mike Benke

Firefighter Melvin Champaign

Captain Billy Hutchinson

Engineer Brad Baity

Firefighter James Drayton

Engineer Mark Kelsey

Engineer Michael French

Firefighter Brandon Thompson


I have driven by the site of the fire, which is now a memorial, several times.  There is a new fire station built on the grounds and while I have not stopped to visit, I recall that morning. . .  and I ponder.


About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to We Remember

  1. It’s difficult to ‘like’ this but I do so in remembrance of the fallen men. I do remember this. Thank you for this tribute Ray.

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  2. Greg Taylor says:

    My youngest is a firefighter and this is my greatest fear.


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