Custom-made axes given to Houston fire stations

4 axes delivered to honor 4 firefighters who died last month

HOUSTON - A special gift was delivered to Houston Fire Stations 51 and 68: Four custom-made axes were delivered to the stations to honor the four firefighters who died last month.

"It's pretty overwhelming. There's a lot of love that went into this," said Captain Don Stamps of HFD Station 51. "A lot of personal attention, I didn't realize Station 74 had something to do with this. They are sending us a gift."

Engine Operator Robert Bebee, Captain Matthew Renaud, firefighter Robert Garner and firefighter Anne Sullivan died May 31 while fighting a motel fire in Southwest Houston.

An axe for a gift has special meaning for firefighters, because it's typically given during retirement.

"It means a lot to have this done up and quite an honor to have these," said Stamps.

Cory Scott, owner of Kustom Werx Autobody, has been working on these since the tragedy, and worked on this with the help of a fellow firefighter from HFD Station 74.

"Being involved in something like this is overwhelming. It makes us feel good," said Scott. "It's our community. I was born and raised here."

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