Friday in southwest Houston, a restaurant caught on fire and America’s third-largest fire department responded. Among those responding were Captain Matthew Renaud, who loved the Houston Texans and Astros; engineer-operator Robert Bebee, who according to Houston mayor Annise Parker “couldn’t pass up a stray dog;” fire fighter Robert Garner, who in the Houston Fire Department finally found a place he fit in; and fire fighter Anne Sullivan, who they called “Punky.”
Those four died when the structure collapsed. The Houston Fire Department had never lost that many of its own on a single day in its 118-year history. They were buried Wednesday after a massive memorial service at Reliant Stadium in Houston, which was expecting 40,000 attendees.