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    Yesterday morning when I heard of the tragic events in Memphis, I got on the phone with one of our MFD brothers that I know. He was telling me of being at the hospital all night, waiting for news, talking to some of the guys who where on the scene and finding out what happened. He knew the fallen heroes and was having a hard time talking about it all.
    Just as him and the rest of the MFD family were just starting to try and understand and figure out what happened, they all had the shock of finding out that the fire was set by the interum store manager to cover up his theft of over $7,000 from the store safe.
    This is the same guy who was reported as possibly being still in the store. He is the one our selfless, heroic brothers went in looking for when this happened.
    Understandably, the feelings they were going through are now compunded even more by the rage that this was PREMEDITATED MURDER of two of our own.
    Quoting the Local FF union rep on TV this afternoon, "If he is guilty, may he burn in hell forever!"
    I sat here watching the Memphis news and in two of the shots they were showing as and right after the roof collapse, You can hear the PASS devices going off. That brought back the same gut wretching feeling from when I heard all those PASS devices going off at the WTC on TV. You sit and watch and want to be in the picture so bad so you can try and help save your brothers, but you have to sit there helpless knowing what the outcome is already.
    Now we all have even more healing to try and get through, Why is it that more tragedy always hits us when we are already dealing with loads of it anyway? We are strong and we will perservere, but we not only have to worry about going into dangerous situations but also going into them when they have been purposely started to do others harm. There is no difference in that than the idiots putting a gun to our heads and that brings my rage out and reminds me of our going to a structure fire that was set by a meth lab, we were within minutes of being blown to bits by their stash of liquid ether, senseless is what it all is.
    All we can do is lean on each other, quit the petty bickering we do, and through UNITY , we will overcome all odds.
    To all our fallen brothers my utmost respect, To all of our fallen brothers families, my heartfelt condolences and my offer of any help you need.
    I will be on the phone with my Memphis brothers every day . I hope I can help them at least a little and maybe do some healing of my own.
    Capt Tyler Sitzer
    Weiner Vol Fire & Rescue Dept, Weiner, ARK

  • #2
    Well said my brother. I hope this low life murdering mutt burns in hell!

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    • #3
      Store manager charged in blaze that killed two firefighters

      (Memphis, Tennessee-AP) -- A Tennessee discount store manager
      has been charged with setting a fire that left two firefighters
      dead.
      Prosecutors say it'll be up to Attorney General John Ashcroft to
      decide whether to seek the death penalty against Anthony Shaw, who
      they say set the fire to cover his tracks after stealing money from
      the store.
      The firefighters died Sunday when the roof collapsed on them as
      they checked to see if anybody was stuck inside.
      Investigators say Shaw admitted setting the fire, stealing the
      day's receipts and leaving the store.


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      • #4
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        MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Family Dollar manager was charged
        Tuesday with setting the fire at his discount store that killed two
        Memphis firefighters.
        Anthony Paul Shaw, 21, of Memphis was charged by federal
        prosecutors with starting a fire in which death occurred. Assistant
        U.S. Attorney Terrell Harris said Shaw, who was one of several
        managers at the store, ignited the blaze Sunday night to cover up
        the theft of several thousand dollars.
        Two firefighters, Lt. Trent Kirk and Pvt. Charles Zachary, died
        when the roof of the store collapsed as they braved flames and
        smoke to make sure no one was trapped inside. The store had closed
        about an hour before the fire was reported, but fire officials said
        Monday they had been told a worker or cleaning crew might still be
        inside.
        The two firefighters and an injured colleague turned out to be
        the only victims, though.
        Memphis Fire Services Director Chester Anderson said that the
        families of the dead firefighters were told this morning that it
        was now an arson case.
        "They took it as well as possible," he said.
        Kirk, a father of two children, was an 11-year fire department
        veteran while Zachary, also the father of two, had been with the
        department for 19 years.
        Harris said it will be up to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft
        to determine whether to seek the death penalty against Shaw.
        The prosecutor refused to say who had called in the report of
        the fire.
        Anderson said 20 pieces of firefighting equipment and 145
        firefighters were sent to the blaze, which could be seen for
        several miles.
        Kirk and Zachary were in the first company of firefighters to
        arrive and entered the building with other firefighters. Pvt. Tim
        Scott was trapped momentarily by the falling debris that struck his
        colleagues but was pulled to safety without suffering serious
        injuries. Zachary was removed from the structure within 15 minutes.
        But Kirk was trapped in the back of the one-story, flat-roofed
        building and firefighters could not get to him until the flames
        were under control. Even then, they had to knock a hole in a
        concrete back wall to reach their colleague.
        The fire was investigated by the Memphis fire department and the
        Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, which routinely
        assists on cases when firefighters are killed.
        Zachary and Kirk were the first Memphis firefighters to die on
        duty since March 2000. Then, two firefighters and a sheriff's
        deputy were shot to death as they responded to a residential fire.
        An off-duty firefighter was charged with firing on emergency
        workers after killing his wife and setting their house on fire. He
        is still awaiting trial.
        Family Dollar has more than 4,800 stores in 43 states. The
        Charlotte, N.C.-based chain features basic family and home goods
        marketed to low and middle income consumers.
        The company had no comment on the fire Monday.

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        • #5
          It seems to me that a huge amount of kudos go tot he brothers and sisters who investigated this incident. To get a confession that is corroborated by evidence is a major victory. Nice job, guys.
          PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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          • #6
            MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Two firefighters whose funerals drew
            crowds of mourners Thursday are just the latest in a long list of
            their Memphis brethren who have died because of arson.
            Since 1987, nine Memphis firefighters have died on the job, and
            all were responding to fires intentionally set.
            "That's a pretty tough thing to take when you lose a
            firefighter and then find out someone has started the fire
            intentionally," said Jim Price, fire chief of emergency
            operations. "But we still have a job to do and we do it whether
            somebody started it or it was an accident."
            Lt. Trent Kirk and Pvt. Charles Zachary, both 39, were killed
            after rushing into a burning Family Dollar store where a civilian
            was wrongly believed to be trapped inside.
            Kirk, who suffered extensive burns, died at the scene Sunday
            night. Zachary died from smoke inhalation the following morning.
            Anthony Shaw, 21, a manager of the store, is charged with
            starting a fire in which a public safety officer died. If convicted
            of the federal charge, he will face life in prison or death.
            Authorities say the fire was set in an attempt to cover up the
            theft of money from the store's safe. According to federal
            documents released Wednesday, the theft netted about $110 in
            currency and $282 in rolled coins found during a search of Shaw's
            home. Also discovered in the home were numerous checks made out to
            Family Dollar.
            Kirk's funeral was held Thursday morning at Bellevue Baptist
            Church. Zachary's was at the same church in the afternoon.
            Hundreds of firefighters in dress uniforms gathered for the
            funerals. Fire trucks stationed at highway intersections near the
            church were positioned with their ladders raised to form arches
            from which large American flags were displayed.
            Following tradition, the funerals included a procession of
            firefighters marching to the sound of bagpipes.
            "There's a reward in honoring these firefighters the way they
            should be honored for their service to the citizens," said Jason
            Stevens, a fire department battalion chief. "We try to do our best
            to honor them and their families. It's very important to us."
            The string of firefighter deaths resulting from arson is one of
            the main reasons Terry Oldham, vice president of the local branch
            of the firefighter's union, said he supports the death penalty in
            such cases.
            "Enough is enough," Oldham told The Commercial Appeal
            newspaper.
            The International Association of Fire Fighters has written to
            U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft asking him to seek the death
            penalty for Shaw.
            In 1987, fire Lt. Bobby G. Blackley, 47, died when a wall
            collapsed in a store that was intentionally set on fire.
            A 42-year-old transient was accused of arson and murder, but
            those charges were eventually dropped.
            In 1993, firefighters J. D. Hill, 45, and Joseph Boswell, 32,
            died when the roof of a burning church collapsed.
            Michael Lee Allen, a drifter and prison parolee, admitted
            setting the fire and is serving a life sentence in federal prison.
            Lt. Michael L. Mathis, 38, Pvt. William E. Bridges, 27, and two
            civilians died in a fire at a high-rise apartment building in 1994.
            Charles Edward Cortezie, who died in prison in 1996, was
            convicted of setting the fire because he was angry at an ex-lover.
            Fire Lt. Javier Lerma, 41, Pvt. William Blakemore, 48, and
            sheriff's deputy Rupert Peete, 45, were shot to death in 2000 while
            responding to an arson fire at a single-family residence.
            Frederick Williams, a 42-year-old off-duty firefighter, was
            charged with setting that fire after killing his wife, Stacey, 32.
            Williams is still awaiting trial while receiving psychiatric
            treatment.

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