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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
$95.00 Rate
Contact: Mary Jane Manshouri

The Local 341 contact for IAFF affiliates sending honor guards is Brian Wilcox. He can be reached at or 713-205-0000.  Pipes and Drums should contact Hunter Schappaugh at or 713-417-8348.

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 Facebook page.

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