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Fallen heroes deserved better

| Thursday, March 18, 2004

To the Editor:

I'm writing in response to the story on Page 3A of your March 15 edition. I can't believe that you could only have two lines of print in the paper in regards to the two Pittsburgh firefighters who made the "supreme sacrifice."

Every news station and every other newspaper gave this horrific event top billing. Your paper stated "in which two firefighters perished" (Page 3A). Five words• Two lives?

That math doesn't add up to me.

As a firefighter, not only does my heart go out to families of those whom have fallen but to the entire Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, and the congregation of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. As your article states, the landmark church will be rebuilt. I certainly wish the members well in the midst of their strife for they are at a great loss as well.

My concerns are with the fact that your paper paid no homage whatsoever to the men I am proud to call "brothers." In the fire service, whether you are "city paid or volunteer," you are still a firefighter, still a "brother firefighter."

There are firefighters planning on attending today's funeral services for these two brave men from as far away as Japan, yet these men who gave their lives trying to help others get five words of ink from you.

I certainly hope in the future you don't have to report on any firefighter deaths. But in the meantime, please realize that whether the incident is in Pittsburgh, Donora, Los Angeles, New York, or even Japan, we firefighters feel the loss. We are "brothers" and will continue to be, regardless of the fact that we never get our "just do."

C.D. Rhome, Chief
Monessen Bureau of Fire
Company No. 1

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