Southwest Inn Recovery Committee Final Report and Recommendations Following the Fatal Fire on May 31, 2013 Which Claimed the Lives of Four Houston Firefighters

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Click here to download and read the report on Houston’s Southwest Inn Fire that Killed 4 Firefighters

On Monday Sept. 1, 2014 the Final Report and Recommendations was released detailing the tragic Southwest Inn Fire that claimed the lives of Four Houston Firefighters and changed the lives forever of so many more.  Below is the intro of the report.  Please click the link to the actual report to read and learn what happened to prevent future incidents such as this.

Southwest Inn Fire Houston

Southwest Inn Fire Houston

“The Houston Fire Department would like to sincerely dedicate this report to those that proved their courage, commitment, and compassion on May 31, 2013, at the Southwest Inn fire. First and foremost we recognize those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their calling and profession – Firefighters Anne Sullivan and Robert Garner, Engineer Operator Robert Bebee, and Senior Captain Matthew Renaud. There can be no question of their bravery, dedication, resolve, and personal incentive to carry out the duties and responsibilities they so solemnly swore to perform. They will never be forgotten and their heroism and true spirit of love will stand forever as an ideal for which all others should strive. We also recognize the great sacrifice made by the families, friends, and loved ones of our sister and brothers. Though we have lost them, they will not have died in vain, for all members of the Houston Fire Department will positively resolve to apply any lessons learned from this tragedy to the safety and welfare of future generations. We also pledge to stand by these families and friends – now special members of our own family forever – and we are ready to serve when called upon.

We the members of the Houston Fire Department would also like to dedicate this report to the Firefighters and family members whose lives have been changed forever by the events of May 31, 2013. Captain William Dowling has matched a monumental challenge with an equally unwavering firmness of character, as has every member of his precious family, and our pride in his compelling story knows no bounds. Rescue Firefighters Robert Yarbrough, Foster Santos, and Tony Livesay have also demonstrated the resolute will of “Houston’s bravest” in their long-term recoveries from injuries sustained in their own heroic efforts.

This report is further dedicated to all the members of the Houston Fire Department as a firm commitment to their future safety and wellbeing. This promise must be made by one and all to each other, regardless of rank, position or any other element.

Last, but not least, this report is dedicated to the citizens of the City of Houston, to whom we have sworn our undying devotion. In our time of need, they rose to the occasion and came to our aid in so many ways and it did not go unappreciated. We promise to be there when they need us the most, when they are experiencing the worst of times of their lives. Our sister Anne and our brothers, Robert, “Bebee”, and Matt, have dutifully and selflessly demonstrated our level of commitment and we will forever honor their memory.”

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