Last week, not many miles from our home, thousands flocked to the memorial service for the firefighters of the Esperanza fire. These brave men lost their lives as they fought to protect our neighborhoods from raging fires. I salute them and all other brave men and women who dedicate their lives to community service, and who keep us safe.
The helmets of the five firefighters of Engine 57, who died fighting the Esperanza Fire, are set on display during their memorial service in Glen Helen, California, November 5, 2006. Mark Loutzenhiser, Jess McLean, Jason McKay, Daniel Hoover-Najera and Pablo Cerda died when their engine was overrun by flames while they were protecting a home in the San Jacinto Mountains on October 26.
05 Nov 2006 REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Firefighters Saluting at the Service