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A Year After Firefighter Deaths, Colleagues and Family Members Are Still Dealing with the Tragedy

A year ago this weekend, the Houston Fire Department suffered its greatest loss of life in one blaze, as four Houston firefighters died in a hotel fire. Captain Matthew Renaud, Robert Garner, Anne Sullivan and Robert Bebee were inside the motel when the roof collapsed on them. An investigation into what happened that day will […]

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A year ago this weekend, the Houston Fire Department suffered its greatest loss of life in one blaze, as four Houston firefighters died in a hotel fire. Captain Matthew Renaud, Robert Garner, Anne Sullivan and Robert Bebee were inside the motel when the roof collapsed on them.

An investigation into what happened that day will wrap up soon. And in the year since the blaze, Houston firefighters have continued on with their jobs. But even for people who choose careers where they put their lives on the line every day, it’s not so easy to face up to such death. We discuss what the year has been like with Dr. Sam Buser, Psychologist for the Houston Fire Department.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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