Of course you've seen the news about the nine firefighters killed in Charleston, South Carolina. It's always a tragedy when a first responder dies. Brave men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect and rescue people like me, you and our families and they aren't doing it for the money. The starting pay for a firefighter in Charleston is little more than $24,000 a year.
These are the names of the firefighters killed yesterday:
- Capt. William "Billy" Hutchinson, 48 (30)
- Capt. Mike Benke, 49 (29)
- Capt. Louis Mulkey, 34 (11.5)
- Engineer Mark Kelsey, 40 (12.5)
- Engineer Bradford "Brad" Baity, 37 (9)
- Assistant Engineer Michael French, 27 (1.5)
- Firefighter James "Earl" Drayton, 56 (32)
- Firefighter Brandon Thompson, 27 (4)
- Firefighter Melven Champaign, 46 (2)
The numbers after their ages are how many years each was a firefighter. Between them they had over 130 years of experience.
The families of these brave men are going to have a rough time ahead of them. There's a very easy way for you to help them out. You can make a donation to the firefighters' families at any local Bank of America location or send money to: The City of Charleston Firemen's Fund, P.O. Box 304, Charleston, SC, 29402.
I'm sure that even the smallest donation will be appreciated.Posted by JanetteS at June 19, 2007 08:50 PM