Somber crowd gathers to honor Texas firefighters

By: MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press
By: MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - The memorial for four Houston firefighters killed battling a hotel blaze ended with the mournful sound of bagpipes.

Thousands attended Wednesday's service at Reliant Stadium, where Gov. Rick Perry, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, family members and other firefighters spoke.

They remembered the victims as heroes who died fulfilling their dream and vowed to never forget their sacrifice.

The four who died on Friday when the structure collapsed were: 35-year-old Capt. Matthew Renaud; 41-year-old engineer operator Robert Bebee; 29-year-old firefighter Robert Garner; and 24-year-old rookie firefighter Anne Sullivan.

It was the deadliest day in the department's 118-year history.

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