Brotherhood in Life and Death

By: Jessica Ralston Email
By: Jessica Ralston Email

“Brotherhood” is a term that carries real meaning for firefighters, police officers, the military and others in uniform.

And after nine members of that brotherhood died in South Carolina - it's a bond shared with heavy emotion across the nation.

An ominous thick black cloud of smoke was only half the battle for firefighters battling a blaze at a furniture store in Charleston, South Carolina Monday night.

Within minutes the roof collapsed....and a group fighting the fire from the inside would not make it back out.

The reality of what happened weighs on the minds and hearts of firefighters here in our region, where flags are flying at half staff. All members of the brotherhood know...it can happen anywhere...anytime.

Back in 1949: seven firefighters lost their lives while trying to put out the fire at the Woolworth store in downtown Charleston. And more than 50 years later those who were there say they will never forget.

In Charleston, one tree was planted in memory of each firefighter killed. They line Kanawha Boulevard between the Elk River and City Hall.


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