Four Houston Fire Fighters Die Battling Blaze
June 1, 2013 –– The IAFF is deeply saddened to
report the line-of-duty deaths of four Houston, TX Local 341 fire fighters who
gave the ultimate sacrifice from a fire in southwest Houston May 31.
Captain Matthew Renaud, 35. He began his career with the
Houston Fire Department in October 2001.
Engineer Operator Robert Bebee, 41. He began his career
with the Houston Fire Department in August of 2001.
Fire Fighter Robert Garner, 29. He began his career with
the Houston Fire Department in October of 2010.
Fire Fighter Anne Sullivan, 24. She graduated
from Houston Fire Department Academy in April.
The Public Memorial Service will be held at Reliant Stadium,
Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Funeral services for the fallen have been scheduled, but the families have
requested that all funeral services be kept private (family and Fire
Department personnel only). Houston Local 341 members are encouraged to watch
their Houston Fire Department and personal email accounts for details.
The following hotels are offering special rates for fire fighters and family
from out of town:
Marriott - Medical Center
$109.00 (Government) Rate
Holiday Inn - Houston Reliant Park
$109.00 (Government) Rate: "Houston Firefighters Local 341" (32 rooms available)
Contact: Tye Hochstrasser or Maggie Cruz
Crowne Plaza - Houston
$79.00 Rate (includes Breakfast): "Local 341"
Contact: Jerry Mathers
713-748-3221 or 1-800 number through web site
Wyndham - Medical Center
Contact: Mary Jane Manshouri
Local 341 contact for IAFF affiliates sending honor guards is Brian Wilcox. He can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-205-0000. Pipes and Drums should contact
Hunter Schappaugh at email@example.com
Houston Local 341 President Jeff Caynon says, "We mourn the loss
of our three brothers and our sister and will forever honor their sacrifices.
This tragedy underscores the inherent dangers of our profession. Please keep
Houston fire fighters in your thoughts and prayers."
"On behalf of the IAFF and the Executive Board, our deepest
thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our brothers and sister
who gave the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those injured and all the members of
Local 341," says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends and
their brothers and sisters in Houston,” says IAFF 11th District Vice President
Sandy McGhee. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy.”
The IAFF and Local 341 are monitoring the conditions of the six injured fire
fighters and will be assisting them and their families in every way possible.
To help provide benefits to the families of the four fallen Houston fire
fighters, bank accounts have been set up at Houston, Texas Firefighters Federal
Credit Union as follows:
• Matthew Renaud: Account 236014
• Robert Bebee: Account 236015
• Robert Garner: Account 236016
• Anne Sullivan: Account 236017
In addition, an account has been established for injured fire fighter, Captain
William Dowling: Account 236018
You can also donate here to
the 100 Club of Houston.
The Houston Astros will wear a special patch in honor of the four fallen fire
fighters during the upcoming three-game series Tuesday-Thursday against the
Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. The team will also hold a special moment
of silence Tuesday night in honor of the four fire fighters.
For the most up to date information, check the
Houston Local 341 web site and