I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the families of Lt. Steven Velasquez and fire fighter Michael Baik, both of whom perished over the weekend in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Both men were members of Bridgeport Local 834. Both men were fathers and husbands. And both men will be missed by their brothers and sisters of Local 834 and by everyone in the fire service. We are a family, and when we lose a family member – no matter how near or how far we are from the tragedy itself – we all suffer anguish.

We have IAFF staff on the ground in Bridgeport and we are assisting with the planning of services. We will provide more details as we have them.

God bless, and stay safe.