June 19th, 2007

Hotaru Flowers

fatal fire in South Carolina

We honor the lives of the Charleston Firefighters who were killed yesterday:

Fire Captain William "Billy" Hutchinson-Age: 48-Years with department: 30
Fire Captain Mike Benke-Age: 49 -Years with department: 29 years
Fire Captain Louis Mulkey -Age: 34 -Years with department: 11 1/2 years
Fire Engineer Mark Kelsey -Age: 40 Years with department: 12 1/2 years
Fire Engineer Bradford "Brad" Baity, Age: 37 -Years with department: 9
Fire Assistant Engineer Michael French-Age: 27-Years with department: 1 1/2 years
Firefighter James "Earl" Drayton-Age: 56-Years with department: 32 years
Firefighter Brandon Thompson-Age: 27-Years with department: Four years
Firefighter Melven Champaign-Age: 46-Years with department: Two years

UPDATE: raw video from the fire can be seen here: