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Tribute to the Firefighters of Esperanza

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

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

2 replies on “Tribute to the Firefighters of Esperanza”

[…] Four years ago when we were gone from our home, deadly fires raged through our area, and at that time Crestline was evacuated for eight days. (Edit: “It’s worse than the fire four years ago,” said Maurice Luque, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.”) Andrew had just gone from our home when the fires turned toward our place and the evacuation was ordered. He tried to get back to our home for pictures and documents, but was turned away. I have written at other times about challenges from fires in southern California and the involvement of arsonists in these tragedies. Here I wrote about firefighters who gave their lives to fight the Esperanza fire. […]


I am thankful that there are men and women willing to serve to protect our communities, cities and country.

God Bless these fireman and may the Lord be with thier families and give them comfort in their time of need.

Thanks for posting this.

God Bless you Sister Buxton 🙂


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