Houston marks one year since hotel fire killed four firefighters

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HOUSTON – It was the deadliest day in the history of the Houston Fire Department.

A massive fire raged through a southwest Houston hotel, and four firefighters lost their lives battling the blaze: Matthew Renaud, Robert Bebee, Robert Garber and Anne Sullivan

Exactly a year after the May 31st fire — Houstonians honored the fallen at a prayer service attended by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, fire chief Terry Garrison, and Houston firefighters.

“This is an opportunity to gather with families and reflect and remember,” Mayor Parker said. “I hope there has been some healing for those families in the past year but I know that the ache will never go away.”

At the scene of the tragedy, flowers and photos marked the solemn anniversary.

A number of other firefighters were hospitalized after the blaze, and the most severely wounded, Captain Bill Dowling, was kept in the hospital for six months.

The cause of the fire still remains a mystery.

In honor of those lost and still recovering from that deadly day, a big thank you to the firefighters who run towards danger every day to keep us all safe.