Firefighter Tragedy

By: Jennifer Cottrill Email
By: Jennifer Cottrill Email

It's a tragedy that touched the hearts and lives of firefighters everywhere.

A dozen firefighters from our region are headed to Charleston, South Carolina.

Nine firefighters died there this week in a warehouse fire and when the news hit, the impact was everywhere.

"Because it's the city of Charleston, for namesake, I guess, it rang a little bit harder on us because it was them," Charleston Fire Department Assist. Chief Steve McClure.

They've never met the firefighters who died this week or their families, but they consider them close.

"Whether we knew them or not, we'll drop anything to help any of them and they'd do the same for us," McClure said.

E-mails mistakenly sent to the Charleston fire department, but will now be hand delivered.

These men make up a group that's expected to be one of hundreds Friday at a memorial service.

“This is a tragedy that's difficult to comprehend and it's the right thing to do," Nitro Fire Department Capt. Ron King said.

The firefighters from West Virginia included those from Charleston, Nitro, and Huntington.

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