A group of firefighters who worked alongside the four fallen heroes opened up exclusively to Local 2, sharing their memories of their lost brothers and sister.
Four firefighters perished in Friday's fire at the Southwest Inn along the Southwest Freeway, and more than a dozen others were injured.
It wasn't easy, through the pain of loss, but firefighters from Stations 51 and 68 wanted to talk about the four they lost. It's about honor.
"They wanted this more than anything in their life. They wanted to be firefighters," said HFD District Chief Curtis Seamans.
They dedicated their lives for the job, but along the way they made connections that meant dearly to their fellow firefighters.
The youngest, probationary firefighter Anne Sullivan, was also known as "Punky." But these guys say her other nickname was "Mighty Mouse."
"You look at Anne, she is very small in stature, very unassuming. Her personality, she's quiet. But the one thing about Anne that people underestimated was what she lacked in physical stature she made up with sheer determination," said one firefighter. "She was powered essentially by a nuclear reactor. She didn't have an off button."
Robert Garner, we're told, was always moving, doing something.
"Garner didn't know how to walk away from that. He felt that his job was to do everything that wasn't getting done," said the firefighter.
Captain Matthew Renaud was a true leader.
"We knew he was going to move up the ranks really well and he had taken the senior captain test and did really well on that and we were all real proud of him for that," said Frank Cervantes.
And Robert Bebee?
"He drove some of these guys crazy. A run would drop somewhere and it really wasn't his run, he would jump on that run," said Seamans.
"If he took something apart and put it back together and you would show them you still have these pieces missing he'd look at it and say you don't need that. You don't need that. And he'd look at it and say uh-oh," said Cervantes.
A perfectionist that lit up the room.
These were special people. For them being a firefighter wasn't about the job, it was about the service.
"Some of y'all feel like quitting, I know you do. Somebody told me I can't put this uniform on again," said Seamans. "How can you possible dishonor the people we've lost by not carrying on what we do. Never forget, never quit."
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