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Five Years Later, Houston Firefighters Still Coping With Their Deadliest Day

The Houston Fire Department’s staff psychologist discusses the challenges faced by the survivors of the department’s deadliest fire and their colleagues.

In this May 31, 2013 file photo, a firefighter injured while fighting a fire at the Southwest Inn in Houston is wheeled to an ambulance. (AP Photo)

Today marks five years since four Houston firefighters were killed combatting a motel fire in southwest Houston. A fifth injured in the fire passed away last year from complications related to his injuries.

It was the most catastrophic loss of life the fire department had ever experienced in a single incident. Just days after, thousands gathered at NRG Stadium to attend a memorial service.

Today, firefighters gathered at the site of the blaze to pay their resects. Among them was Dr. Sam Buser, who was the Houston Fire Department’s staff psychologist who helped firefighters deal with the tragedy in its aftermath.

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Dr. Buser about the challenges the survivors and their colleagues still face.

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