HOUSTON - A community mourning the loss of their neighbors at fire station 51 and fire station 68 is tying bows around trees in front of the stations to remember Captain Matthew Renaud, Engineer Operator Robert Bebee, fire fighter Robert Garner, and the youngest fire fighter Anne Sullivan.
The four responded to Friday's massive fire at the Southwest Inn. Investigators say they died as a result of part of the building collapsing on top of them.
"We're not going to do anything for our brothers that we wouldn't do for civilians but there just seems to be a little bit more of an adrenaline rush when you know it's one of ours," said Chief Robert Branch.
He oversees the Houston fire department's rescue team made up of 60 firefighters with specialized training. Six of his rescuers were injured in the fire.
Two of them went in to save a firefighter trapped inside. All 3 made it out alive and are still in the hospital.
"They went all out. They did everything they needed to do to remove the captain from the situation and they did a fantastic job," said Branch.
They are heartbroken that 4 of their brothers and sister passed in the fire. But their memory and story of sacrifice will live on.
Investigators spent Monday knocking down the burned out building and carefully inspecting every piece.
The cause is unknown at this time. A public memorial will be held on Wednesday at 10a.m.at Reliant Stadium.
If you would like to donate to the firefighters and families of Station 51 and Station 68, head to the Sharpstown Civic Association.
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