Message from General President Schaitberger on South Carolina
June 19, 2007 --
The IAFF expresses its deepest condolences to the members of the Charleston Fire
Department and IAFF Local 61 and to the families of the fallen. Their tragic
deaths are a stark reminder of the perils our members face every day.
It is never easy when we lose even one of our own, but numbers
like this put the heaviest weight on all of our hearts. We will rise from this
dark day stronger than ever, but we will never forget the sacrifice these nine
fire officers and fire fighters made.
The IAFF continues to work with fire fighters and their
families as they cope with this tremendous loss, offering counseling and
The IAFF has been on the ground at every multiple line-of-duty
death in the last 30 years, and we will be there for our brothers and sisters in
Charleston in this time of need.