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  • JG, St.Clair Shores, MIchigan
    I'm very very saddened at this horrific loss. Please find it in your hearts that they did for others as so many of them do. I personnaly know Father Gabe from your St.Joseph Catholic church, we go back 40 years and he's been a beacon of light for so many and has been guided by an unseen hand to help, console and help heal whoever asks for his assistance, he is a true, ever giving man of God.
  • Lv, Columbia
    Words can not express what I feel fot the families and fire departments in this great loss. My prayers are with you.
  • TO, Sumter
    You and your families are in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. These men were truly heroes. They will never be forgotten. God bless.
  • MB, Hampton, Virginia
    We are all saddened for your loss. It is felt by all throughout the Firefighter Brotherhood. I was glad to have been there to present a show of support from the Hampton Fire & Rescue Fire Division. We offer our deepest condolences to all of you and we will never forget your loved ones that paid the ultimate sacrafice to protect and save others. God Bless You All!!!
  • JG, Leesville
    My pray for these family.I do know what it is like to lose some one you love.Just put faith in God to help you.I wish I could make things better for them.
  • MP, Chatrleston
    I worked in helping get the Ashley River Fire District in Dorchester County established and know that firemen have the hearts of champions. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. God Bless.
  • LC, Raleigh, NC
    I'm a second generation firefighter and a Lt. with the Bay Leaf Fire Dept. here in Wake Co.. 9 of us attended the memorial on Friday. It was our honor and a privelege to have been able to share with you in your pain, suffering and grief, as we also lost a part of our "family" in this horrific fire on Monday night. Our thoughts, prayers and eternal love and brotherhood will always be with you, your families, the Charleston Fire Department and the residents of the City of Charleston.
  • SB, Little Mountain, SC
    Keeping all the families of the 9 firefighters in my thoughts and prayers including the brothers and sisters at the fire stations too.
  • JT,
    My family and I send our condolence to the families Also from Buxton Fire & Rescue
  • CM, Baltimore Md
    I am so sorry about the nine firefighters. Words cannot express what I want to say. On behalf of Savage Volunteer Fire Company in Savage MD located in Howard County Md. I express my condolences.
  • PF, Hephzibah
    I send my condolences to all the families and friends of the firefighters. May God bless and continue to watch over each and everyone of you.
  • CM, Scottsdale,Ariz.
    I love the city of Chas. and i send my deepest heart felt sympothy to the families of the firefighters who so bravely dedicated their lives so that other's could be safe.
  • AR, Ridgeway
    Along with millions more our prayers go out to all of you. may god bless to each and every one who lost a loved one.
  • CC, Cayce
    As the wife of a firefighter I know that firefighters can and do get hurt. But you never get use to the idea until something so tragic happens. This unbelievable loss will forever effect those in the profession. May God keep you close during this time of loss. We will pray everyday for the families and promise to never forget the heros we have lost.
  • MR, Swansea
    All of you will forever be a part of our lives because every time we see a fireman or a fire truck these 9 heroic men will be remembered for the ultimate sacrifice they gave to save someone else. In our thoughts and prayers forever you and your fallen hero will remain.
  • LD,
    May God continue to hold your hand as you deal with this loss. While your hearts moan, may you rest in knowing that God is with you. All things are possible through him if you only believe. God is mighty and when he takes one of our loved ones, we dont question why, we just bow down to God's soverign purpose. He has a plan for every one of us. Each day the heart hurts, it is healing.
  • LN, Alcolu
    My thoughts and prayers with the families. Never forget...the Charleston 9 will always be remembered. They are true heros.
  • BF, Columbus, Ohio
    I am so very sorry for your losses. Your loss is the Kingdom of Heaven's gain. You will never be alone, they will always be looking down on you and sending their love to you. God Bless each and every one of them and you!
  • DA, Coralville, IA
    Saturday (today) and Sunday (tomorrow) I will be leading the Iowa Firemen's Association in their annual memorial service at Memorial Park in Coralville, IA. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • T , Sumter
    Our prays are with you from wedgefield sc fire dept god bless
  • BC, Columbia
    Please know how sorry I am for your loss. May you rest knowing God has them now in his loving arms and they are safe. God Bless and always know I am praying for each of you.
  • js, camden, sc
    i am very sad for your loss. as i read this story my thoughts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this event. god bless our firemen.
  • BS, Chattanooga, TN
    This may not seem like it would be a heartfelt response, being that I do not currently even reside in South Carolina, but this does hit close to home for me, nonetheless. I was born in Charleston, and I have family who still live there. This all happened uncomfortably close to my family there. I know that this loss may seem almost unbearable, but there will always be at least a pinprick of light at the end of the tunnel, however tiny and distant it may currently seem. Just keep reaching for it.
  • NN, Columbia, SC
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the firefighters and their families. Sadly, it takes a tragedy such as this to remind us of the importance of the fire, rescue, police and medical services. We applaud these gentlemen, and forever will they be in our hearts as heroes.
  • KB, Lexington, South Carolina
    I send my heartfelt sorrow to each and everyone of you. I can honestly say I know the pain you are feeling. On my 32nd wedding anniversary my nephew was badly burned in the line of duty. That was six years ago. He passed away on July 12th,2001 from his injuries. Even though it has been six years, we never forget. He is in our thoughts constantly. I will keep each and everyone of you in my thoughts and prayers. Your loved ones are trully heroes. It is true....they gave it all but so did you by standing by them as they did their dangerous job.
  • jb, new zion sc 29111
    I am a member of the clarendon county fire dept station#9 eng-91 from all the members of station 9 our prayers and hearts go out to each of the families that lost a loved one monday .they will constanly be in our thoughts and prayers
  • MM, Olanta, SC
    To the families of the "Charleston Nine" please know that after all the friends, family etc. leave and after all the services are over and done with you will still be in the thoughts and prayers of all the country. my husband does ff on a volunteer basis and i have gone with him before and it scares me to know that we is willing to put his life on the line for others especially those he does not even know. These men are true hero's in every since of the word. May god bless you and keep you.
  • sa, pelion
    I just want to say that all the firemen's family and friends are in our prayers. May God bless each and everyone of you. Thank You for having caring people willing to help knowing that their life may be taken. I do hope this will make people stop and help other people out in their time of need and not just be so tied up in their self.
  • JH, Lexington
    Please know that we are thinking of all the families. All should know that God's plan is not necessarily our plan. They were doing God's work and in that they will be remembered. What an awful loss this is for you AND us. Cherish the memories. God Bless.
  • JW, Bethune, SC
    To the families of the Charleston Firefighters: I am the wife of a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Bethune Fire Department and Bethune Rescue Squad here in the town of Bethune. My father is a former firefighter/EMT for Bethune and my mother a former EMT for Bethune. I am also the aunt of a firefighter and the cousin of two firefighters. My husband and I traveled to Charleston for the memorial service on Friday to show our support for you and your families. Having grown up around the fire service, I know how it is to see a loved one rush off to help others any time of the day or night. I now watch my two year old well up with pride when she knows her "daddy is ambulance" or her cousin is "driving the (fire) truck". I am proud of all of my firefighters, as I am yours. Firefighters are a breed of their own. They are heros to all they come in contact with. These nine brave men will always be remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • JW, Ridgeway SC
    As a firefighter my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the Charleston nine. May God help them in their time of need.
  • DM, Columbia
    Nothing can express the pain you are feeling at this time. I pray that God puts a healing hand on each and everyone of your hearts. My father was the assistant chief of the fire dept. here in Columbia serving over 30 yrs with the service and just through him i am aware of the dangers of this profession and the utmost respect goes out to anyone doing so. God Bless.
  • DM, Elgin
    I emailed my condolences earlier in the week but after watching the video today on the web of the Memorial Service, I am compelled to write again. Again, my sympathy goes out to the family. I personally want to commend Chief Rusty Thomas for the outstanding job he did today eulogizing each of our nine heroes. I could tell by listening to him reflect on each of the firemen that he was not only a boss but he was their friend too. It was so interesting to listen to him tell a story about each of them. Once again, thanks for a job well done!
  • CG, Holtville/Slapout,Al
    There are no words I can say that could possible console you. The only thing I can think of is, Thank You for loaning your loved ones to the CFD. As a Chief of a small FD I pass along our condolences. May the Lord watch over your families and give them some comfort that they are with the Lord watching over you. God Bless
  • TC, manassas, VA
    My heart goes out to all of the families of the brave firemen. We lost my uncle Paul on 9/11- he was a cop, but his job with the PAPD was to fight fires at JFK. My prayers are with all of you. All of these men will forever be remembered by me as being true heroes.
  • JW, Ridgeway, SC
    My son, Jamie, is a firefighter with Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Dept. and will begin his fourth year next month. For the families of these wonderful men, my greatest nightmare came true. I grieve with each of them and I am in constant prayer for these families. But also, I share their pride in their family member, for I know my son is a better man because of the Fire Dept. God Bless each of you and please know that the Webb family will never forget the sacrifice that your love one made for Charleston County.
  • JE, Rex, GA
    Our most heartfelt sympathies to the families of these brave men on the loss of their loved ones. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. God bless you!
  • JS, Lexington
    My heart is heavy today. I do not know any of you personally, but I do wish I could take away your pain. You are all blessed to have known such men of courage and we are thankful for them and their dedication to serving their community. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
  • CA, Hartsville
    We are Sadden of the loss of the nine firefighters, that loss their lives. May God recevied them into His Loving Arm.
  • WS,
    There are never enough words to say what one feels at such a terrible time, especially to those who knew these men personally. God Bless and sorry for your lose. A thankful nation mourns there passing.  
  • FC, Chapin, SC
    CORRECTION : I said in my email that my father was the fire chief in Winnsboro for many years. I am sorry, I meant to write that he was the Fire Captain.
  • FC, Chapin, SC
    My prayers and blessings are with all of the families of these fireman. My father was the fire chief in Winnsboro for many years and loved what he did. It is such a thankless job, but the men and women who are firefighters do their job everyday, never complain, and love what they do. I have always had a special place in my heart for all firefighters and this tragedy hurts me so much. I know my hurt is nothing compared to what the families and friends of these men are feeling. God bless all firefighters for what they do.
  • TA, Gilbert
    To the families and friends of the 9 heroic fire fighters I have prayed for you and will continue to. Just know that these heros are in all of our hearts. Thank you for your loved ones. They did such a heroic thing that will never be forgotten. And to the ones who are still serving us today, thank you.
  • RB, Columbia, SC
    Thank God for His Love and Peace, for His Grace and Mercy, for the Holy Spirit and Jesus our Lord and Savior, and Him the "I Am" for being God all by Himself... In the good times or in the bad times we Christians know who to call on for praise or help and He is faithful and just to hear our thoughts and know our heart. It really sadden my heart to hear from Sis Champaign about the tragic death of 9 of our finest firemen, not to mention one of them being related (Cousin) to her husband and that we have personally met when we went down to Charleston to sing at his home church. Hence the reason for my prayer and my desire to impress upon all the value of a life. More importantly the value of the mortal life Jesus gave up for the remission of our sins that we all that believe in Him could be saved... Love & Peace, Ramon. PS: Jesus said in Matt 22:37-40 (NLT) "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” So let’s love our God and each other… REBT. Friday, May 22, 2007 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends... John 15:13 (NKJ) To say my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying, "Your end of the boat is sinking."... Hugh Downs Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for loving us unconditionally. Now help us to love one another as Jesus loves us. Thank You for the lives of those who have laid down their own life for the sake of others. Thank You for those who have risked their own life for another. The soldiers, the policemen, the security guards, and last but not least the firemen, who risk their lives daily for little to no pay, without regard for their own lives. We remember their brave acts during 9-11 where 343 firefighters lost their lives and even as recently, as when 9 firefighters from engine #19, #16, #15 and ladder #5 risked and lost their lives while dealing with a fire in Charleston, SC. One of those firefighters being Melven Champaign, a cousin to our brother in Christ William Champaign. So I lift to you today in prayer the Champaign family, the families of the other 8 firefighters that perished tragically when the roof gave in to the heat of the fire, to the family of firefighters in Charleston, SC and throughout our nation and the world. Your grace is sufficient. Your peace that surpasses all understanding. Your Love and Mercy. Your Holy Spirit. Thanks You Jesus. We should honor the fine example our firefighter live by and die by, but live our lives by the sacrifice that Jesus set before us, dying on the cross for the salvation of all who believed in Him. In His precious name, I pray. Amen.
  • PJ, Columbia
    WIS, Thank you and NBC for all your coverage of the Memorial for the Fallen Firefighters. As a mother of a firefighter, I, as others, face the fear of this tradegy on a routine basis. Please rerun the memorial service so that those working may personally see the entire service that was remarkably well done. It gave some semblance of peace and pride in our loved ones and those who were lost. Please tell your viewers to remember. And also remember when it's time to review what the community owes to these men and women. None hesitate to call on them when there is a need. They always respond.
  • TB, Columbia
    To the families of the 'NINE MIGHTY HEROES', Thank you for sharing your loved ones with the world. We Thank them for their heroic act, their love for their job and for others. They will remain in our hearts as HEROES for all eternity. Remember the good times, remember their smiles, remember that they LOVED YOU no matter where they are. Those NINE HEROES are resting now from their duties are over. Sleep now and take your rest WE ALL LOVE YOU, YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!
  • JH, Charleston
    This is truly a loss that is beyond comprehension. The Charleston Fire Department will as Chief Rusty Thomas has said,"stand tall". As it has been said so many times, everyone sends their heartfelt condolences to the victims,their families, and the fire department. I would just echo that. Godspeed to best fire chief in America and to the staff of the City of Charleston Fire Department, one of only 30 class 1 rated departments in this nation..
  • LW, Macon, Georgia 31220
    My wife and I were deeply saddened by the tragic loss of these brave men. May God give you everlasting strength during this time in your lives. Psalm 23. God bless you all.
  • SG, Sumter
    I thought the service was very beautiful and appropriate. My prayers go to the families, fellow fireman, and friends of the fallen nine.
  • DM, Lexington
    I have always admired the work of firefighters. A few months ago, firefighters responded to a probable garage fire at my home, due to faulty wiring/lights. The source of the burning odor was found and a fire averted. Recently, I spent a day at a local community festival centered around the fire station. I watched a car extracation, got a first-hand look at their necessary equipment and its cost, talked with the firefighters and went for a ride in the fire truck...of course, asking questions. I can't help but think about the loss of the Charleston firefighters this week... the tragedy, the grief of the families...what courageous people are our firefighters. **When you're on the road and hear the sirens, pray for them as they make their way to a fire or emergency.
  • JL, Lexingon, SC
    I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that it is not much right now at this time of loss for you and your families, but do know that their are several people praying and carring you in their hearts in this time of tradgedy.
  • JW, Bossier City, LA
    My thoughts and prayers continue for each and everyone of the family members of the Fire Fighters that go into harm's way to protect and service our communities. My father is a retired Assistant Chief from the Bossier City Fire Department, and there was not a day went by while he worked would he make it home safe. Honor and Glory for those who risk their lives for ours.
  • HB, Columbia
    My condolences go out to all of the families. Loosing a loved one is so tragic, but to have nine leave us is even worse. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
  • EL, Irmo
    I am sorry that your loved ones had to die. They will forever be remembered as heroes. There is no greater deed than to lay your life down to save another. God Bless them all.
  • SL, Texarkana
    Very sad situation....Such young lifes taken and to much grief to even mention. My heart goes out to the familes of the nine victims. Stand tall and be tough, I will be praying for you and your families through your sadness.
  • PS, Branchville
    My heart really goes out to the families of these wonderful brave men or shall I say heros!!! My husband is a volunteer firefighter and has been for 16 years and we are all family, it is really hard when something such as this happens. May God continue to bless you and always know they gave their lives doing what they loved! God Bless You
  • RC, Cope, SC
    My husband was a volunteer firefighter and my son is an active volunteer firefighter now. I know nothing I say can comfort you at this time. But, We are soo sorry you have to go through this time of suffering. Thank you and your families for thier years of service and strong belief in community service. I pray God will hold you ALL dear and close during this time and in the days to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Please tell your children and grandchildren their dads, brothers, uncles, sons, will never be forgotten and they died helping others. Remember John 3:16 and hold on, you will see them again someday.
  • NG, Lugoff, SC
    While many accolades are given to our military who defend our freedoms, little is ever said until after a tragedy about our law enforcement officers and firefighters who work to keep us safe at home. I pray the souls of these brave men find eternal peace and that those left behind gain the strength to make it through the coming times.
  • MG, Camden
    Kershaw County Courthouse would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of the fallen firefighters. People often don't realize the dangers of being a firefighter until it's too late. We can only pray for the families and recognize the honor and bravery it takes to be a firefighter. Our prayers are with you.
  • GA, Denmark and Allendale South Carolina
    I want to send my condolences to the families of all the fireman who lost their lives on Monday. May God Bless each families and I will keep each families in my prays. God never makes any mistakes.Look upon the Lord that's were all our help comes from.
  • AC, Chapin, SC
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and will continue in the days ahead.
  • WS, Lancaster
    My heart goes out to the families and pray that they will find comfort in each other.
  • AG, Columbia
    May God bless you all during this tragic time. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
  • jw, columbia
    May God be with you and your families and know that all of South Carolina carries all of you in their hearts.
  • SW, Irmo
    My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the fallen fire fighters. What a wonderful tribute to their lives today at the memorial service. In the midst of all the saddness watching that service had to make you proud to be a resident of the state of South Carolina.To witness the outpouring of love and respect for a "Band of Brothers" was very touching. God Bless you in the days ahead. Always remember that the ones we love will always be with us in our hearts
  • JW, Prosperity
    Your husbands, sons, brothers, and fathers will never be forgotten. They are among the most heroic of men.
  • GC, Swansea
    I watched the memorial for the Charleston Nine. Who ever put this together with such short notice did a fantastic job! Mayor Riley, the Governor & Chief Rusty gave wonderful/meaningful speeches. The "Charleston Nine" smiled today, from Heaven, knowing that their Department, City, State & Country paused just for a moment to provide them thanks. Rest well Heroes, you deserve it.
  • CP, Sumter, SC
    My heart goes out to the families, friends, and the co-workers of the Charleston Nine. My son is a full time firefighter with the Sumter County Fire Department assigned to the Thomas Sumter Station as well as a volunteer firefighter for the Wedgefield Station in his off hours. He along with a bus load of Sumter County firefighting brothers attended the memorial service for the Charleston Nine. Being the mother of a firefighter I know that firefighters don't put on that badge everyday to be a cowboy who gets to ride in a big red truck. They take the job because they truely and sincerely want to help people. We must all remember that they don't only fight fires; they are usually the first to arrive at the scene of a wreck; they arrive at medical calls before the paramedics and ambulance, sometimes a firefighter is the one driving the ambulance in so as to free up the paramedic; they participate in numerous community oriented activities, and of course they run into a fire when others are running out. They are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. When that pager goes off, they might be leaving a warm bed in the middle of a cold and icy night or they might set out with the hot midday sun baking down on them before they ever reach sight of the smoke and flames. Whenever you see a firetruck or pass a firestation, please remember to say a prayer for the Charleston Nine and their families and don't forget to send up another prayer for the men and women who were left behind to carry on for their fallen brothers.
  • lj, pelzer
    my prayers goes to the family and friends of the firefighter who die in the fire.
  • BP, Leesville
    May your loved ones be an angel on your shoulder for the rest of your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless..they are everyone's hero!
  • HH, Columbia
    Our heart and prayers go out to the families of these nine heroic men. About six months ago I recently lost two of my cousins in a housefire and my other cousin, he is a firefighter at the Columbia Fire Department. We are proud of how courageously they fight to save others, and thats exactly what those nine men did. God Bless and you are all in our prayers
  • DP, Winter Springs, FL.
    May God continue to comfort and strengthen you. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
  • JP, Lexington
    My heart goes out to every one of the firefighters that died. My codolenses go to every family of the firefighters. I was a friend of one of those firefighters. But he is living in peace. May God bless you all
  • ml, lancaster
    My thoughts and prayers are with the familys and firefighters in charleston i to am the wife of a firefighter and i just cant imagine what those familys are going throuogh and i hope i never do but my thoughts and prayers are with the familys and friends and all fellow firefighters
  • QF, Columbia
    My father is a firefighter for the Naval Weapon Station in Charleston and my heart and prayers go out to the families of the fallen firefighters. I can't imaging what they are going through. I still have my father and he is still around to save the lives of others. To the daughters, what is more special than having a hero for a father. I still have mine and I am willing to share. May God Bless the families and keep them strong. They are a testament to others.
  • ct, West Columbia
    My family is deeply saddned for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. We pray God's loving hands will hold you & help subtain you at this difficult time. All of these men were heros in the truest since of the word. They will never be forgotten.
  • SD, Cayce
    My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the entire Charleston Fire Department. I am so very sorry for your loss.May God be with you,bless you and provide you comfort and peace.
  • jb, durham nc
    My son is scheduled to graduate from the fire academy in July of this year.I'm proud of him joining a profession that gives instead of one that takes. Even when you have to give the ultimate sacrifice.What greater gift can there be than to give your life to save another.Your families will be in our thoughts and prayers.
  • AB, Turbeville, SC 29162
    My families thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this tragic time in your life. My brother is a Battalion Chief with the City of Sumter and we pray for all firefighters safety each and every day.
  • GG, Houston, Tx
    We honor the memory of these brave men. God Bless and keep our Firefighters.
  • EY, Columbia
    My prays go out for the family members who are also victims of this great tragedy. These firefighters were very brave and we all should be grateful for their service. At the appropriate time, we have to ask: What went wrong? If these brave firemen were following their training, then I honestly believe that we need to relook the taining if such training leads to these tragic results. May God richly bless these families.
  • SH, Shreveport, LA
    I'm praying that God gives you strength daily and as time goes by you'll be able to remember the good times with a more smiles than tears. May God Be With You
  • CM, Jackson, Missouri
    I just want to say how sorry I am for the horrible loss that took place Monday night. Those men were very brave and courageous. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!!
  • rd, newberry
    My heart and prayers goes out to the families of the firefighters.May God continue to strengthen you all as I will continue my prayers
  • SM, Shelbyville
    Please know that our prayers are with you. I am so sorry about your terrible loss. May God bless you and be with you.
  • GH, Little Mountain SC 29075
    From a family of Fireman and a member of the Chapin area Auxillary Fire service we send our prayers..and Thanks
  • JC, Batesburg
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Having lost our son at age 32 suddenly to a massive heart attack, we know the loss you feel when your loved one is taken suddenly with you not there and no chance to say goodbye. We don't always understand when things happen to take our loved ones from this life, but God has a plan for us all, and He never makes a mistake. Look to Him for your comfort, He's always there and was there to take your loved ones to that better place where if you're ready too, when the time comes, you'll see them again. We're so thankful for your/our heroes and their service to our state and nation. May the lives they lived bring honor and the your memories bring you comfort. May God bless and keep you in His care.
  • WG, Columbia
    i cant imagine how you feel right now. this is such a tragic loss all i can say is im sorry and this should not have happened. i pray that your family can get through this hard time and come out of it stronger than ever before.
  • WS, Summerville,
    All my thoughts are with you and your families. You are all heros and always will be.
  • TB, Lexington
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am a Firefighter myself with Lexington County. Your loss has effected the whole US in the fire service. Just to let you know we had a State Wide Drill Tuesday night on WMD and they stoped the whole drill to have the moment of silance. I wish their was something we could do to ease the pain. They will never be forgotten for what they did. I will keep all of you in my prayers and God Bless all of you.
  • BS, Irmo
    In my eyes all nine of these men are heroes along with all the others. My condolences go out to everyone one of the families. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless !!!!
  • MR, Hapeville, GA
    When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure worth more than silver or gold. May God bless the memories of the Charleston Nine.
  • AE, Columbia/Irmo
    Praying for all the families and the my native city of Charleston. God Bless you all and strengthen you.
  • RP, orangeburg
    WE at M&g Electronics send to the family and friedns of the fallen firefighters our condolences.
  • SK, Chapin
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
  • DH, Pelican
    I'm sorry for your loss but I'll keep you in my prayers God bless the families in this time of grief.
  • ML, Columbia, SC
    My thoughts and prayers are with each and every person connected with tragic accident. May God be with you.
  • ll, leesville,sc
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time of loss. May the Lord provide comfort and supernatural peace as you walk through this most difficult time. I trust precious memories will live in your hearts forever.
  • JO, Edgemoor, SC
    My husband was a deputy sheriff for over 10 years. He is now retired & thank the good Lord, was never injured. We are praying for all the families. I cannot even begin to understand your pain. God will help you thru this, He is the only way. God Bless you.
  • TT, Wellfleet, MA
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Charleston Fire Department and the families of those lost in the tragic fire of Monday, June 18, 2007. May you find comfort in knowing that others are thinking of you and keeping you in their prayers at this very difficult time. In brotherhood, please accept our condolences.
  • DR, Panola
    We are sending our heart felt sympathy along with our prayers for the families of the fallen fire fighters.
  • LJ, Benton
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God hold you close in His loving arms. Just stay faithful and keep trusting in the Lord, He will see you through this. May God Bless.
  • AC, Bradenton, FL
    I would like to send out my deepest condolences to the fellow firefighters who worked with the nine that lost their lives in the furniture store, as well as their families and friends. Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue has you in their prayers.
  • SB, Roseburg, OR
    As a police officer, I understand how close we become with our coworkers. I am so sorry for your loss, but know you will continue on as your fallen comrades would want you to move forward. Stay strong and cherish the memories of times past.
  • KS, Columbia, SC
    All the families are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • JC, Albemarle, NC
    It's a tragedy when any of our firefighting brothers looses their life. It is unimaginable when so many do in the course of their job. My heart and prayers go out to all the firefighters of Charleston and their families. We will miss you!
  • AS, West Columbia, SC
    I am a fireman's wife...my husband is a Captain in the Lexington County Fire Service. I live with fear of a tragedy like the one you all are dealing with each day his goes to the fire house....my heart and soul was sickened by the news of your loves' deaths. You and your loved ones are in my family's thoughts and prayers and will ALWAYS be there. These HEROES will NEVER be forgotten.
  • JW, Columbia
    Each one of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your loved ones are heros and will never be forgotten for the sacrifice they each made that night. May God comfort you and help guide you through this difficult time.
  • jO, Bexhill on sea East Sussex United Kingdom
    My deepest sympathy to all the family & friends & collegues of these brave men who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Having lost 2 of my fellow firefighters in a firework explosion last year i know the feelings of sorrow and loss you are all feeling right now. God be with you all, Sub Officer Green Watch Bexhill Fire stn East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
  • CM, Dalzell
    My heart goes out to each and everyone of you. I pray that you will find the strength to get you through this time. May God Bless you all
  • TJ, Keithville, La
    May God be with everyone in his or her time of need. We will be praying for you. My deepest condolences for your loss.
  • JM, Wilmington N.C.
    I lay down at night thinking and praying for all of you.I awake and you are my first thought. God bless you all.
  • RT, Columbia
    There are no words to express the value of the loss of a loved one. My heart goes out to the surviving families. There is no greater love than to give your life for another and these heroic men have shown the greatest love possible at their expense. God Bless the families to find comfort in the heroisms of these men.
  • KH, Ridgway, Pa. 15853
    My heart goes out to all of the families, friends and co workers of the nine brave men who were lost in this fire. You have my prayers and support and that of my co workers and family. Fire fighters are a special group of men and we honor them and hold them up as examples to our youth of how to live theirs lives helping people. To their children especially I want to say I am so sorry for your loss and remember your dad in the happy times and be so proud of him.
  • AS, Newberry South Carolina
    There are no words to describe the sadness I feel for your losses. As a mother of a firefighter I understand their love and dedication for what they do. The bond between them, the Nation mourns with you. Thank God for men and women who have such love for humanity that they are willing to sacrifice their own lives. No greater love has a man than that he would lay down his own life for another, oh if only we could all love like that. I thank God for the families who with each day understand the risk their loved ones take. I pray for God's strength for each of you and for his precious peace. Your husbands, fathers, sons and brothers are true heroes.
  • NM, Charleston
    My prayers are with you.
  • TC, Saluda
    Sorry for your loss of 9 heros All Saluda County Firefighter are morning your great loss all our prayers and thought are with you and your families if there is anything we can help you or your families with please gives us a call! God Bless You All
  • AW, Lexington
    Praying for your families in this time of greif.
  • M , Mount Pleasant, TX
    My thoughts and prayers go to the families of the fallen. Not only for their families at home, but for their families at the fire department. God bless and God speed.
  • RC, Prosperity
    My husband was a fire chief in W.V. After hearing the news he was silent all afternoon. He started remembering as he calls it the old times and a lump came in his throat.He started telling me of funerals he had been in of other firemen and how they made a cross using the ladders on the truck. It has been 9 years ago and to see him still have the passion in his heart he feels for the fallen firemen shows me a side of him have never seen before. So I say OUR hearts go out to the familys and friends and town people of these firemen.GOD BLESS YOU.
  • JG, Freeland
    I'm sorry if this doesn't read well - I'm crying and haven't cryed for years. My thoughts, and prayers are with you and your families. I recently joined my local FD a FF recruit. FF'ing is a dangerous duty and the public appreciates our efforts - and FF's are loved, inside the FD and outside the FD - we put our lives on the line every call we take. Vol FF's takes it to the next level - we work a long day, and are willing to provide our time and lifes to help and save others, while further spending time away from our families, because we know and believe it is the right thing to do and are passionate about helping others. I cannot think of a braver and skillled profession. Be proud and celebrate that your family members gave back to the community and are a testatment to the courage, strength and support of our families, and those who choose to become Fire Fighters. If there is anything I can do help out with anyone/family please DO NOT hesitate to ask. We are a family and we take care of each other.
  • BM, Seattle
    My sincerest and deepest sympathy goes out to all the familes and loved ones of those who perished in the fire. May God watch over you all and care for you. People in the entire US are mourning for you and with you. I can only try to imagine the heart ache you are going through and my heart aches for you. God Bless you All and know that people like me from all over the states are thinking and praying for you. May God Bless You.
  • CC, Columbia
    There are no words to express the amount of loss the families of the nine fireman have endured. My thoughts and prayers have been with you since I found out about the deaths of the brave men who died in the Charleston fire. As the recent widow of a Columbia Fire Dept. trainee and daughter of a retired Columbia Fire Chief, I know first hand how close fireman are, and how this loss affects everyone in the fire service. I am praying for peace and strength for all the families and firefighters. My heart is with you.
  • AS,
    I am so dearly sorry. You all are in my prayers. It is a shame you perish by trying to help others. I thank them for being a hero.
  • BB,
    You all are in my prayers.
  • jl, dadeville al
    i was a voulenteer firefighter
  • CS, Montgomery
    It is so hard to know what to say at a time like this. Especially when so many lives have been lost. Just know my thoughts and prayers are with all the families, friends, and co-workers.
  • BB, Gaston
    I am so proud of what are servicemen, firefighters and policemen do everyday . Thank you to those everyday hereos. I am so sad to see some of them have fallen in the line of duty, and so close to home. My heart goes out to there family , friends and co -workers . May God bless !!!!
  • d, Elizabethtown, N.C.
    My heart and prayers are to all the families of the fallen Fire Fighters. An emptiness inside and tears I have shed for these men have been many with more as I sit here now. Draw strength from your Lord, families and friends but take time to heal. A Fire Fighters' Mom.
  • JS, Goreville, IL
    My husband is a firefighter. I can not begin to imagine how you feel. Just remember that the whole nation looks on these men as heroes and morn their loss. It is hard to explain the feelings one feels when you hear that a fireman was killed battling a blaze. You just stop what you are doing and listen. May God be with each and every one of you in the days, weeks and months ahead.
  • FW, Walpole Island First Nation, Ontario, Canada
    I am deeply saddened by the lost of these brave Fire Fighters. My condolences to the families and loved ones of the fallen men. Firefighters are a brave breed of individuals that provide a selfless service to the people of our communities across the nations. May the strength of God be with you during this trying time.
  • CG, Summerville
    Having had a son who was once a firefighter, my thoughts and prayers will be with the families today and always. To the "Charleston 9" you will forever be in our hearts.
  • BL, Sumter, SC
    From the firefighters of Oswego Station 14 in Sumter we offer our deepest sympathies. You all are in thoughts and prayers.
  • JW, Birmingham, Alabama
    My heart goes out to the families of the Firefighters, friends, and the Charleston Fire Department. As a Firefighter myself, I understand that what happened in Charleston could have easily happened right here in Birmingham, Alabama. We go to work everyday knowing in the back of our mind that there is a chance that we may not return home. These Firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice and I know that God has a special place in Heaven just for them. May God add a special Blessing to the Charleston Fire Department during this tragic time.
  • SL, Fayetteville Nc
    We love you may GOD always bless you.Our hearts go out to you.You will always be in our prayers.
  • CR, Newberry
    Please know that your family is in our prayers.
  • TB, Asheville
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and those who served with the brave men who lost their lives saving another. Buncombe County Firefighters Honor Guard/ Skyland Fire Department will be attending the Memorial service to show Our support and encourage those who have suffered from this great loss. God Bless, Firefighter Terry Bentley- Skyland Fire Department. Asheville N.C.
  • PR, Columbus, MS
    As I remember Billy Hutchenson as I trained as Paramedic in Charleston while working for South Berkeley. Laughter and Kindness and encouragement was a big part of his whole persona and that help more people who had just a short moment in time in his life that it impact them and made them better in theirs and how they effect other lives.
  • DA, charleston sc
    Our hearts open to you I know that there are no words that can replace your loved ones. Know that we appreciate your sacarfice.
  • SA, Columbia
    On behalf of myself and the 15,500 Special Olympics Athletes.We want to send our deepest sympathy to all the families of the 9 firemen. God bless you all.
  • AS, Columbia
    All the families and firefighters are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • RF, Gulf Shores, Alabama
    To the famlies of the bravest, I am deeply sorry for your loss, many prayers are going out for you.
  • RB, Landover
    I am so sorry for the loss of your loved ones. Please keep God close in your heart. He is the only one who can comfort you now. You are all in my prayers. Continue to stay strong and accept support from your family and extended family members. Be blessed.
  • CB, Columbia SC
    There simply are no words to express the loss, but my prayers are with you. As a retired law enforcement officer I hold all who are in public safety in the highest of regard - there is no higher calling. And the Bible says there is no greater love than to give your life to save another which is what they were willing to do every day they went to work. May God bless and provide for you all.
  • LW, Aiken, SC
    As the wife of a firefighter I just want you to know my prayers are with you. We send our men out to battle these blazes and pray the unthinkable doesn't happen. May God be with you and your families. And to the other firefighters who worked with these men, I pray you find peace. Please don't second guess yourselves or blame yourselves. We know you would have done whatever you could to have rescued these men, including risking your own lives. May God be with all of you.
  • SR, West Columbia
    There are no words to describe this terrible loss of so many brave men. YOu have my deepest sympathy and please know that the world mourns with you during this difficult time.
  • RH, Rockledge
    I cannot express my grief in words for your loss. May God bless souls of these firefighters, and their families. They died so others may live, they are heroes.
  • GM, Astoria, New York
    The Muchita family, along with our relatives in Aiken, S.C., send our deepest regrets and most heartfelt condolences to the families and relatives of the Charleston Fire Department.
  • DP, Orangeburg
    With heart felt sympathy to each family, the firefighters families, the Charleston community, all who risk their lives each and every day. We take so much for granted in this country as public servants protect us and are willing to give their lives so we may live. If is also for all the Military too! We need to stop and pray for these families and let them know that we love them and care for them very much. Because we too have lost 9 good men just doing their duty.
  • HB, Bethune
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you, the families of these courageous men. We hope that God carries you throught this terrible time and help your hearts find tranquility and peace. Know that they have a special place in this state's heart and the nation's as well. May God Bless
  • LW, Columbia, SC
    i am so sorry for your losses!!! i will pray for everyone involved. thank goodness for people who risk their lives to protect others.
  • JM, Lugoff
    My heart goes out to the city of Charleston, the fire department and especially the families of those who lost their lives. I pray that you will find comfort in God and in knowing that your loved ones will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
  • KR, Columbia
    I am saddened by your loss. Please know that you and yours are in our prayers.
  • VW, Aiken
    As a fellow Firefighter my heart goes out to all the families and all the fellow Firefighters in Charleston that lost love ones and friends in this tragedy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. "This is My command: love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends." JOHN 15: 12-13,
  • JL, Lexington
    For the nine brave souls who paid the ultimate price to serve- they went in , remarkably brave, proud and respected. They return not to us from the smoke and flame, but return to their Maker as Heroes, honored, revered and highly respected for their fearlessness and great courage to protect others. My heart is broken for the families of these fallen men, I know that God has reserved a special place in Heaven for them- and one day you will see them again, in all their glory as heroes. Know in your hearts, that your men were of the highest quality and caliber of men made and they will be remembered always.
  • BC, Sumter
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every family member.
  • LC, leesville
    My prayers are with all of the familes of the fallen firefighters.My God be with you and put his healing arms around you so you can feel his comfort.May he follow all of you through this terrible tragedy.My family and I will continue to keep you in our prayers.God Bless
  • WH, Longwood, FL
    A.M.D.G.
  • cf, staten island, new york
    I am a NYC firefighter and I am deeply saddened by the loss of 9 fellow firefighter brothers who perished in this horrific tragedy. My condolences to the victims families and fellow firefighters. As a member of the FDNY and a fellow firefighter I wish you well my brothers and one day we shall meet. God bless you.
  • MH, Lexington
    My thoughts and prays go out to all.
  • SM, Lexington
    My condolences and prayers go out to their families, and to the department. What an awful tragedy - my husband actually went to high school with one of the fire fighters that died, and he's shocked. Only the strength of the Lord can comfort them and get them through this time, and I pray they find it in abundance.
  • JC, Sandy Run SC
    I too am a firefighter, and I know that these men turly love their profession, they believed in what they do and did.My heart goes out to all the families,freinds,and departments of these brave men.I think all firefighters everywhere are true heros in everyway when they respond to any and all calls, not knowing what they are going to face until they arrive on the scene.Please know that these men and women in the Fire service are in our prayers everyday.
  • AC, Columbia
    As I read some of the responses, I realized that my family is one of very few in South Carolina - and even the country - that has been exactly where you are right now. My brother, fallen firefighter Jeff Chavis, was 22 when he died in the line of duty in July 2001. I never fully understood what a hero was, or the "brotherhood of the fire service" until the day we buried Jeff. I encourage you to embrace that brotherhood and stand proudly when your family members are called heroes. My heart aches for you all. My thoughts and prayers are with each family in the difficult days and months that are to come.
  • RJ, Orangeburg
    My heart felt sympathy goes out to each of the family members and co-workers of these fallen firefighters. Being a firefighter/EMT in my town, this has really hit home. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
  • SH, Manning, SC
    Your loved ones are HEROES in every sense of the word but knowing that doesn't make the pain any less or take away the tears. It's okay to grieve, but through those tears, remember the good times, the smiles, the laughter, the fun, the love and most of all the dedication your loved one had for his fellow man. Too many times we in the public don't take the time to express our thanks to the men and women who put their lives on the line and to you, their loved ones, who play a big role in their commitment are often overlooked as well. Without your support and love, they wouldn't be able to live out their dreams. My prayers and thoughts are with you now and in the future. Thank you.
  • NW, Batesburg-Leesville Fire Dept.
    As a fellow firefighter for over 20 years I can honestly say that your loved ones perished doing what they loved and with the clear understanding that thier own personal safety could be at risk. They have made the ultimate sacrifice. The support of loved ones, your faith and the brotherhood associated with all firefighters will be the sustenance to get you through this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless you all.
  • JP, toccoa
    iam a firefighter in toccoa ga and iam very sorry this had to happen the families are in my pryers and that firefighters left to see part of there brother hood leve them in a hard time the fighters were going to do what they had to do and i am sorry it had to happen
  • BL, Dickson
    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with the families. My heart is broken over this. Please know God is with you all the families at this time. These men will never be forgotten and they are HERO'S!!!
  • SD, Bishopville
    My thoughts & prayers are with the families of the 9 firefighters killed in Monday nights fire. They are truly heroes.
  • B, Lex SC
    Where their is life their is also death.You will get over this it takes time but the terible pain you feel now will so away.I didn't think so after my husband died in a freak hunting accident but I did get through it.My heart goes out to each and every one of you
  • KB, Columiba
    My families prayers are with yours.
  • SS, Hilda, S.C.
    To the families of the fallen men. I can not imagine the pain you are all going through. I have a Son that is a Firefighter in Charleston and am very PROUD of him and all of the others Nationwide. You, the Families, are in my every thought and Prayer. Firefighters are a very SPECIAL breed. They are a very close Family. Again my PRAYERS are with you.
  • MB, Columbia, SC
    I am crying and praying along with the family. Although suffering the loss, you should be proud to have known such loving, giving and self-less men. These men are greater than heroes. May you find peace in knowing that God does not make mistakes. You are all in my prayers.
  • GS, Camden SC
    Our prayers go out to all the families of the fallen firefighters. As a mother of three firefigthers I know how hard this must be. Just the adjustment of handling the every day stress of being a firefighter and a family member of a firefighter is enough but to loss nine or even one is very painful. May God bless and kept you
  • MW, Sumter
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the families, friends and co-workers of these nine firefighters. Their loss to our state will be felt for years to come. They are truely South Carolina heroes. Your are in our prayers and thoughts.
  • CH, Lexington
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families. I could not imagine the pain and discomfort you all are going through right now. I can tell you if you put this tragedy in the hands of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, he will bring peace and comfort to you and your families. Remember, God has a plan for each and every one of us even if it is not what we want. There comes a time when sacrifices must be made and not all to our likings. However, that is where God comes in and takes over to bring peace and comfort. I personally have been through many trials and tribulations and thought I would not pull through, but I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ and he has pulled me through every one of them. I pray that God will look down upon every family member and place his hands upon you for comfort during this grieving time. I am an ex-wife of a Columbia, SC Fireman, however, I still pray everyday for his safety as well as everyone's.
  • LR, Somerset,KY
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dept.as they go thru this horrific grief, the families as they try to comprehend and begin the start of a new beginning. Our heartfelt sympathy goes ou to all .
  • BH, Sumter
    My prayers and thoughts are with the fire fighters familys and friends. May GOD bless you all
  • NM, Roanoke,VA
    My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the fallen firemen. My boyfriend is a fireman,Division Chief and I can't imagine losing him in this awful way but know it could happen. They are very brave and wonderful human beings. They died doing what they love best. You are in my prayers everynight. Stay strong.
  • JF, Columbia
    My prayers go out to all the families who have lost a loved one! This hits close to home with me b/c my father just retired from the City of Columbia Fire Department and I know how hard these men fight to save anothers life! They truly are heroes!
  • MS,
    My heart goes out to all the families, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I pray God give you the strenght to deal with this tragedy. GOD BLESS YOU ALL YOU ARE ALL HERO'S
  • DG, Lancaster
    May God be with you at this most tragic time. May His love comfort and strengthen you. My and my family thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • TH, Leesville
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You All.
  • BS, Columbia
    We don't know what to say. We just want you to know we love you and are praying for you and are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for giving us your brave men to protect us
  • Lv, Columbia
    God bless them all.
  • MT, Columbia, SC
    We are so sorry for your loss. There are no words to take the pain away, but please know that you are in our prayers.
  • AL, Pelion
    I am so sorry that you have lost your love ones. Know that your family is in our family's prayers. The LeVan family
  • RL, Leesville, S.C
    All Fire Fighters are family and this is a great loose to all.
  • GF, Alcolu
    My deepest sympothy to the familys of the fallen brothers I served 20 years in the fire service but was injured Working for the City of North Charleston SC. I was terminated because I was injured But in my heart I will always be a fire fighter.
  • KJ, Laurinburg, NC
    Our family sends its prayers & condolences to all the families, co-workers & acquaintances. We feel this loss with you & are terribly sorry about what has happened. Please know we will continue to pray for everyone. We thank all firefighters for their dedication & bravery.
  • DG, St. Louis, MO
    I want to express my deepest sympathy to the families, friends and all Charleston Firefighters following the Monday tragedy. I recently visited your beautiful city where my nephew just graduated from West Ashley High. He and his family are very close to a family of firefighters (The Glover's). We heard they are all safe, but we know they are all grieving this terrible loss of lives along with your entire community. As you honor and grieve the loss of those nine brave men, please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
  • sg, lexington
    my thoughts and prayers are with the families as they deal with this tragedy. each of those men were very special and had the kind of courage and hearts that most of us desire to have, they are true heros.
  • CS, Wagener
    I would just like to let all of the families know that you all are in my prayers. I know that God will keep you under his wing as you all heal in your own time. Again, I am so very sorry to hear about your loved ones. If there is anything that you need, or just need someone to talk to, just let me know.
  • PC, North Myrtle Beach
    I come from a family of Firefighters and I understand the danger that they face everyday which most people do not appreciate. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, but I wanted you to know that I share some small portion of your grief. May all of these brave men rest in peace.
  • JC, Cranston
    My heartfelt sympathy to all the families of these brave men. You will be in my prayers.
  • LM, Stuttgart, Arkansas
    I would just like to tell you all that I am truly sorry for your losses and you all are in my prayers. God Bless and try to stay strong!
  • sm, camden
    To all the families and co-workers of the fallen- firefighters my heart goes out to all. I wish you all the best of recovering from your lost love ones. Be strong, keep hope, and believe.
  • T, Lake City, SC 29560
    Our deepest sympathy and admiration goes out to the families during this time of your extreme loss. May God surround you with HIS love at this time of your life.
  • ET, Summerton
    my heart goes out to each family. You are in my prayers.
  • CS, Columbia
    my thoughts and prayers are with you. may you find strength from God, your families, and from knowing that your loved one is a true hero.
  • LA, WEST COLUMBIA
    My dad has been with the West Columbia Fire Department for 27 years this past March and I now dispatch for the Columbia-Richland fire/law/EMS and I prey every day that each one of them comes back from every fire safe. My heart goes out to those who lost someone in the Charleston fire. And i will keep them and there families in my thoughts.
  • W1, Westville
    This news was shocking to me as a firefighter because it brought reallity to me as a young firefighter I also am a preacher so we will kept all the fallen brothers and hero in prayer.
  • R , Gilbert, SC
    May each of us be proud of the sacrifice these brave men gave and may God Bless and be with their families in this time of tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • NT, Columbia
    We are so sorry for your loss. Words will not ease the grief you feel, nor time erase their memory. We are greatful for those who help others, they are the ultimate heros. May their unselfish act aid in your time of grief.
  • JL, Newberry
    On my personal behalf of Newberry County Station 1 I send my deepest condolences this has troubled me very much from the instant of hearing of this tragedy.
  • mw, lancaster sc
    My heart and prayers go out to all the families that lost a love one. They are our heroes and we can keep their memories alive with the thought that they fought to the end. We should smile everyday, when we think about they all did what they loved and chose to do in life.To the families I know it's gonna be hard to say good-bye. especially if they have minor children left behind: just remember that God Loves you all and will take care of you and will never leave you or leave you comfortless.
  • DB, Surrey, BC Canada
    Your tragic loss , is felt by all the fire service families. Your in our thoughts and prayers
  • TP, Irmo
    I am a retired police officer from the Washington DC area and the father of a firefighter paramedic in Tamps, Fl. I am so sorry for your loss. Thes men are my heroes and they will not be forgotten. May God grant each of you the peace that passeth all understanding. You are all in my prayers.
  • JW, clarkesville
    Our hearts and prayers , are with the families of our fallen brothers. I just recently had the privelage to meet a few of these guys in the previous weeks during a visit to charleston, and I was welcomed in as family. May god be with you in your time of sorrow.
  • PN, Lugoff,SC
    My family sends our thoughts and prayers to the families of these fallen heros.May God Bless all of you.
  • JW, clarkesville
    Our hearts and prayers are with the families o, f our fallen brothers. I just recently had the privelage to meet a few of these guys in the previous weeks during a visit to charleston, and I was welcomed in as family. May god be with you in your time of sorrow.
  • MB, Columbia , South Carolina
    I am a firefighter with the city of Columbia and I want you to know that I am sad for your lose and very proud to call those nine fallen fireman by brothers.
  • AW, West Columbia
    I would like to send my condolements to the family and freinds of the nine brave Firefighters that lost there lives. You all will be in my prayers. I also would like to take the time to thank every Firefighter out there that risk there lives..Ya'll are awsome!!
  • JK, Leesville
    My family will keep this families in our thoughts and prayers. May god be with this families at this time of need.
  • RL, Leominster, MA
    There ar, e no words I can say that will help relieve you of your pain. I am truly sorry. The members of the Leominster Fire Department are here if we can be of any help. Again, my heartfelt sorry to all of you.
  • MW, Lexington
    I pray for the family and friends of the nine fallen firefighters. May God Bless all of the firefighters out there.
  • mh, orangeburg
    we are praying for you, the families of these fallen heroes and the other firefighters that were there, that you will find the peace of God and ask Him for understanding in this difficult situation. God is always there for you and He doesn't mind questions for this is how He teaches us to trust in Him for everything. From two retired paramedics in our 40's that lost fellow emergency personnel friends in the line of duty, peace and hope in God.
  • KK, Leesville
    My prayers are with all of the fallen firefighters and their families. May God be with all of you. My heart breaks for for them, their families and theis frllow firefighters.
  • st, lexington,sc
    my heart goes out to all of the fallen firefighters and their families.my thoughts and prayers are with you all.you have my deepest condolences. they were all brave heros.may God bless you all in this time of sorrow.
  • bp, columbia
    My heart and prayers go out to each of you,but remember your loved ones are with God now and he certainly will love them .
  • LE, Lexington
    TO all of the families that lost their loved ones in the fire, may god be with every step of the way while you grieve and while you heal. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
  • pw, columbia
    my god hold u all close to his heart and comfort u in this time of sadness.
  • sp, ridgeway
    from one firefighter family to the other. my heart aches for each family member. you all are in our prayers from station to station. from brotherhood to sisterhood.
  • AF, Columbia, SC
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these brave men.
  • KJ, manning, sc
    My heart goes out to all of you--families and friends, other firefighters. May God hold you close in His Almighty arms. We will continue to pray for all of you.
  • TS, Hopkins
    My heart goes out to the families,friends and co-workers of the fallen heroes in Charleston. May God bless and keep you stong in your time of sorrow.
  • FS, Chapin
    My Heart goes out to all the families. I truly beleive that God intervene and those courageous men did not feel any pain.
  • PH, Florence
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of the families of these 9 fallen heroes. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you,fill you with His strength,and guide you through your time of sorrow and grief. While I don't personally have a fireman in my family,my dad was a policeman,so I do understand the committment to putting their lives on the line daily. My eyes filled with tears as I watched the story on the news. It is truly a sad day for the city of Charleston,the state of South Carolina,for firefighters across the country, and most especially for you(the families). I hope that in time you will find healing and comfort. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Also, I will pray for the souls of your loved ones. Again, May God Bless You and keep in His Hands! Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
  • JZ, Green Bay, WI
    As a widow of a retired firefighter and mother of a firefighter my heart goes out to the entire department and their families. Words cannot express what you are going through nor the depth of my sorrow for you at this time. Please know and trust that others are thinking of you and praying for you and that you are not alone as you grieve. God bless you all and may you find some peace in the coming days.
  • AH, West Monroe, Louisiana
    My heart goes out to the families of those who perished in the fire. I highly esteem firefighters who bravely do their job in several capacities. This is such a tragedy for the community. I pray that God will grant you peace and comfort.
  • MY, Columbia, SC
    What a terrible tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot comfort you now but in time your pain will ease some. It is difficult to lose a loved one. My thoughts are with you.
  • JW, Pelion
    I am so sorry for your loss. It's such a tragedy. I lost my brother in 1999 from cancer and I was reading a book, at the time where a woman's daughter had been killed. This poem was printed in that book. It helped me and I so hope and pray it will help you. God be with you in this dark time. Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not here; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond's gilt on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awake in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine in the night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not here, I did not die.
  • AS, Hampton
    As a firefighter for 10 years our town offers its condolences. God Bless.
  • CH, Turlock, CA 95380
    We're so very griefstricken to learn about the tremendous loss of your heroic firefight- ers and loved ones.Please know that our thoughts and prayers --and hearts -- are with all of you. And may God comfort you & strengthen you as only He can! give you strength
  • LH, Effingham, SC
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of the families and the brothers of the fallen firefighters. Being a Lieutenant in the fire service myself, I can only fathom the pain and loss that each of you are experiencing at this time. Please know that my family is thinking of you in this trying time.
  • Fs, Columbia
    Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of the fallen firefighters and their families. Place your faith in God and always remember they will always be close because they're in your heart. Always remember the joy you had with them and cherish that. God bless all of you.
  • CH, Turlock, CA 95380
    We're so very griefstricken to learn about the tremendous loss of your heroic firefight- ers and loved ones.Please know that our thoughts and prayers --and hearts -- are with all of you.
  • JF, Aiken
    My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the families and friends of the nine firefighters who perished in the Charleston fire. I have family who have served and who are serving now in public safety, I can only imagine your sorrow and pain.
  • HB, Hoschton Georgia
    We take for granted that when we need our fire fighters they will always be there. We forget they have families and loved onecs. If feel I need to Thank you for the dedication your loved one made to ensure lives would be safe with them on watch. May your sorrow lessen with each passing day and may you find joy in each new day again. I pray God be with you in this time of need. Our prayers are with you. Noone can help to lessen the blow of this horrific loss. May God be with you and your families.
  • CC,
    My husband and I both are very, very sorry to hear this tragic news. My husband was a volunteer firefighter for many years until his health conditions made it impossible for him to be a firefighter. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families in this terrible time. May your hearts be comforted and sustained by a much higher power, One who does NOT want anyone to die AND who will make all things right in the proper time! II Peter 3:9, I Corinthians 15:26; John 6:40 and 44; and John 11:24.
  • MM, Henderson, NV
    The fearlessness of firefighters should be an inspiration to everyone. God bless you all!!!
  • RW, Columbia,S.C.29223
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the firefighters.God Bless all of you and your families.They are truly heroes.
  • dh, lugoff sc
    iam so sorry for your lost . just stay strong and don't give up. The lord will help u get by. i will praying for ya'll.
  • AS, Columbia
    A Fireman's Prayer: When I am called to duty, God wherever flames may rage, Give me strength to save some life whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late Or save an elder person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout. And quickly and effectively to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me, to guard my every neighbor and protect his property. And if according to your plan I am to lose my life, Please bless with your protecting hand my children and my wife.
  • EC, Columbia
    It is a sad time for everyone right now especially to the families who lost 9 great men. Just know that they are not here physically but are still watching over you spiritually.
  • CA, Florence, SC
    No words could ever take away the pain these familes are feeling right now. God works in very mysterious ways, even as he called all of these heros home. Just know that they all gave the ultimate price doing what they loved, helping save other peoples lives. All of our thoughts & prayers are with every family at this tragic time. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
  • kr, barnwell
    my heart and prayers are with you i will keep you for ever in my prayers god bless you
  • mc, swansea sc
    May god bless each and every family.
  • NK, Lexington, South Carolina
    God be with you and God Bless all of you.
  • RE, Columbia, SC
    As retired police officers from the City of Charleston Police Department (1981-1998) my wife and I would like to offer our most heartfelt sympathies to the entire City of Charleston Fire Department family. Serving with all of you was our privledge and our honor. You are ALL in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
  • KH, Columbia
    Hell No! Put taxpayers money to better use.... lay out a mine field 100 yards wide across the border with warning signs. Just think about it.
  • AN, Columbia
    There are no words to take your pain away on this sad day. Just know that each of these fire fighters died doing what they lived to do. This is a time that we need each other and just know that God is there. He knows and feels your pain and sorrows. I am praying for each and everyone of you that lost a brother, a father, a husband and a best friend. Keep your memories close to your heart and you will forever be close to the special someone you lost.
  • JH, Shreveport
    My prayers are with all of you and your families. May you find comfort in knowing that God will see you through these trying times.
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  • BV, West Columbia
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the fallen firefighters. They are heros to us all!!
  • TC, North Port, Fl
    My family and I can not express our sorrow for your losses. They and all Firefighters are HERO'S to us all. They saved , lives and will be rewarded by God for their sacrifice. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • hw, sumter s.c.
    I am so sorry for all their family member's. I have family in the fire force and I could not imagion what pain ya'll are in. I am so sorry for the family's. My sympathy is with ya'll. Stay Strong!!! God Bless Ya'll
  • MC, Lexington,SC
    Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your loss, although I know it can in no way compare with yours.Your family members were heros of the highest degrre. Please take comfort that they are with Christ in paradise today. Please call me if I can do anything to help you. I have been a teacher for 26 years and would be glad to help with child care, cooking, cleaning, or just listening. My heart is breaking for you all.
  • mb, argentina - rio gallegos - santa cruz
    My sincere condolences for the family of the victims .Now the FIREFIGTHER ARE HEROES . GOD Bless you.
  • RP, Prosperity
    My prayers and thoughts are with each of you. As a burned victim this hits closer to home than you will ever know. I pray the wonderful memories of your loved ones will see you through these devasating times.
  • RP, Prosperity
    My prayers and thoughts are with each of you. As a burned victim this hits closer to home than you will ever know. I pray the wonderful memories of your loved ones will see you through these devasating times.
  • EH, Lexington
    Find comfort in God in this terribly tragic time. Know that your sons, husbands, brothers, and friends did not die in vain. I will be praying for you all.
  • MB, Benton, Louisiana
    God bless you and keep you.
  • SH, Pass Christian
    I am so sorry for your loss may God be with you and help you through this difficult time.
  • LR, Lugoff
    My thoughts and prayers are with all that families of the fallen firefighters. Keep strong cause God needed them more.
  • AB, Lexington
    My heart goes out to all of you and you have my thoughts and prayers. I thank you, your loved ones and the rest of your families for all the sacrifices you give everyday to keep all of us safe.
  • MS, Camden
    May God be your shield and comforter!
  • AR, Cleveland, MN
    As a firefighter I was saddened by the lose of so many fellow firefighters. You all have my depest condolences.
  • CH, Britton's Neck
    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.
  • TR,
    The families and firefighters are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Be With You.
  • GL, Lugoff,SC
    We appreciate all that your family member did for the people of Charleston. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant you comfort, peace, and an extra measure of His grace. God bless you all and thank you for your sacrifice.
  • JP, Ruston,Louisiana
    From all of us with the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection Dist.#1 Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.May God comfort all of you.
  • BG, LEXINGTON
    please send my heart felt sorrow for the fallen firefighters. I pray for the families and they will never ever be forgotten.
  • TM, Bennettsville
    Words don't come easy for and during a time like this. My sympathy is with each family. Stand Tall and remember TIME heals a broken heart.May God Bless.
  • MM, Columbia
    My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Your loved ones were so brave. These men all died young, their jobs here on earth were finished and God has taken them home. I hope you will find comfort in the Lord at this very painful time. I will keep you all in my prayers.
  • KA, Columbia
    My thoughts and prayers go out the family and friends of the loved ones that were lost in this tragedy. I am the wife 0f a City of Columbia Firefighter and I can only imagine how they must be feeling at this time. Please let me know if there is anything that myself or family can do for the families that have been touched by this disaster. This is a time when all firefighters and their families must come together and be as one for those in need. I send my thoughts ,prayers and condolences to the communities of Charleston.
  • MW, Columbia SC
    My Family aned i would like to expres or heart felt sadness for your loss. My God Bless You and them.
  • AM, Columbia
    I am deeply sorry for your loss of a loved one. Although I know that no words at this time could possibly heal your pain, just know that I will pray for you and your family and hope that each and every day becomes a little easier for you to get through. May "God" bless you and your family and know that your loved one is in heaven.
  • PB, West Columbia
    My our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, comfort you and your family in this very difficult time. Be assured our Lord loves you and yours and he will comfort you as only He can.
  • TB, Columbia
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the fallen Firemen!
  • BS, Pelion
    May God Bless the families and loved ones of the fallen lost yesterday. I hope you find some comfort in the memories you have of you loved ones. God be with you in this difficult time.
  • DC, COLUMBIA
    Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying who shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I send Me. Isaiah 6:8 For thos that gave all so others may live. God Speed For You now may rest on Angels wings
  • LG, Sumter
    My heart goes out to all the family & friends of the firefighters lost in such a traggic way. My prayers are with not only the family, but the other firefighters, whom I'm sure was not only their co-workers , but their "other family". God bless them all.
  • BS, Columbia
    What an honor to have such brave and selfless men in your lives, even if only for a short while. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. "Greater love hath no man, than to lay down his life for another."
  • TH, Camden
    Our thought's and prayers are with you in the loss of your loved ones! Brave and Herioc can only begin to describe them!May God bless you and your Loved ones be remembered forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • CS, Sussex, WI
    I am so very sorry for your losses. I am a deputy chief of EMS for the Sussex Fire Dept in Wisconsin. I can feel your pain.
  • AW, West Columbia, SC
    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen heros.
  • SW, columbia
    My condolences are with you and your family. May you rely on your memories and God to see you thru this challenging time.
  • LJ, orangeburg
    My heart is broken for all the families, friends and fellow firefighters. Many prayers are going up for all of you. To all the firefighters ( Thank you for your hardwork and sacrifice ) Stand strong!!!!
  • CH, Columbia
    My prayers are families that have suffered a lost as a result of this horrific tragedy. May God give you strength during this most difficult time.
  • KS, West Columbia
    I would like the families to know that my heart goes out to each and every family that has been effected by this tragic incident. May God be with each and everyone of you
  • DR, Columbia
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I have several close friends who are firefighters (volunteer & paid)in Columbia and surrounding areas. I can't imagine how you must feel. The loss of these brave men is so great.
  • CL, GRAND CANE
    To all the families who lost their dear loved ones, my heart goes out to you. I know I cant relate to your pain, but I will pray that God will bring you through this. God Bless you and your family.
  • SS, Columbia
    I'm a firefighter and my heart is aching from one of our brothers has passed away this way. Please be proud of what they did.
  • RS, Winnsboro
    Fairfield County Fire Service Member of Station 1 firefighter 131 Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help.
  • PM, Columbia, South Carolina
    May God be with everyone of the brave firefighters' families and look over them during this time.
  • TC, St. Matthews
    My heart goes out to each and every person who's life was touched by this terrible event. Take each day one at a time and try to be strong.
  • TW, swansea
    My heart goes out to these families that has lost a love one.
  • RA, Hopkin SC 29061
    Trust in the Lord and he will carry you through you. Our prayer are with you and your family at this time.
  • RA, Minden
    Our hearts, our prayers, our tears are with you, we honor your sacrifice
  • SS, Mansfield
    My thoughts and prayers go out to each one of the families that lost a love one in this tragic accident.
  • SB, Nashville
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. May you find peace and solice knowing your loved ones are looking over us now.
  • rh, camden s.c.
    our deepest condolences an prays go out to these brave an honerable men. sincerly, the HUNLEY family.
  • SG, Charleston, SC
    Words cannot express what you all must be going through. We are all praying for the families and friends of the fallen firefighters as well as their fellow firefighters. With sympathy, The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant staff
  • NC, phoenix
    There are no words for what is in my heart for you people. Take solace in knowing that they died in the noblest of manners possible, and that God is keeping score.
  • EF, Eastover
    My heartfelt sympathies go out to the friends, families, co-workers and loved ones.
  • BA, West Columbia
    As a career fire fighter,I have felt the loss of a brother i, n the line of duty. My heart an prayers go to the families of the fallen brothers, and our fellow brothers and sisters of the Charleston FD for their loss. God Bless!
  • NR, Walnut Creek,Ca
    God bless your families in this time of grief.
  • EB, Camden
    My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. They gave the ultimate sacrifice and will never be forgotten but rather remembered as Heroes of a very close brotherhood. May God Bless You All!
  • cb, batesburg, sc
    God bless each family of these firemen as well as the fire department and all envolved. My prayers go out to all!
  • SK, Merrillville
    My condolences. My prayers go out to the families left behind by such a tragedy. Whenever someone loses their lives so that others may live is truly the most heroic act a person can do. It shows the strenght,fortitude and conviction of these individuals and the love and respect for life that they carried with them to the very end.I honor and salute them today with love and without reservation that God truly is with them now.
  • CF, Columbia
    My thoughts and prayers are with you today.
  • ST, Columbia
    To HL in Columbia - how is this wall an example of racism? The Berlin wall was completely different from this wall because it was built to divide one country. The purpose of this wall is to keep illegal immigrants who are draining our economy OUT, and I do think that is a great idea. I do think the $2 million price tag is steep, but something has got to change on the border or our country is going to be in tremendous trouble.
  • SB, Lexington
    May God Bless each of you! There are probably very few words, if any, that will give peace to your hearts at this devastating time. We are all thankful for the bravery and willingness to serve that these firefighters displayed on a daily basis. I know that there is a God in heaven who hears your cries. Seek Him wholeheartedly and you will once again have peace and joy. I believe that whatever the enemy intends for harm God will use for good.
  • VD, Blythewood
    Words can not express our sorrow for the families. These men were brave and courageous. We thank the men who tried to save lives, and we send comfort to those who lost their lives.
  • cj, charlotte nc
    my dad died in the fire in the trad city in ny he was 64 i know the your familey is going thew god love us all and the johnsons do too
  • CM, Columbia
    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen firefighters as well as the great city of Charleston.
  • MM, Orangeburg
    My heart and prayers go out to the families, stations, battalions and the department on the passing of the firefighters. God bless and keep each of you in his grace.
  • MC, Summerville
    God Bless - am so sorry for your grief.
  • TA, Orangeburg
    I am so very sorry for your loss and so proud of the men that do it.
  • BS, Muskegon, Michigan
    To the families, friends and co-workers of the fallen firefighters, my heartfelt condolences go out to you. As a fellow firefighter, I am aware of the danger involved with the job we do, but something like this reminds us that all life is fragile and everything can change in a heartbeat. Words can certainly not lesson the heartache you must be feeling, but please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathies to everyone that has been touched by this tragedy.
  • LS, PROSPERITY
    I worked for the City of Newberry Fire Department for several years and saw very little loss of life....I was lucky. I am so sorry for your loss and thank you for the job these firemen did every day. God bless.
  • MS, Buchanan
    My thoughts and prayers to each family. As a mother of a young man in his final year of college in fire science this is always my worst fear. But his passion for the career is far above my fear. He, as a fellow firefighter sends his sympathy and salute the firefighters that lost their lives. They are the true Heroes. May God be with all of you.
  • PS, Columbia
    May God continue to strengthen you all during your time of sorrow. For God will never leave us nor forsake us.
  • SR, Blythewood
    You are all in my family's prayers. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
  • KG, Gainesville, GA.
    Our prayers go out to all the families that lost their loved one in that tragic fire. May GOD bless you all and be with you during this time of sorrow. We are so sorry for your great loss.
  • aw, wilton, nh
    to the families and friends of the fallen firefighters, i am truly sorry for your loss. their heroic ways are only reconized in death and not enough in life. to all of you i say Thank you.
  • JM, COLUMBIA
    I realize no words can provide you with comfort during your time of grief, because of the loss of your loved ones. But realize this. They loved what they did and would probably do it again. This is the epithet of our nation's heroes: our military, our law enforcement officers, and our emergency services personnel. My heart felt condolences to you, your family, the fire department community, and the City of Charleston. We're proud of you.
  • EM, Columbia
    God Keep You Close In This Time Of Loss. Offering A Heartfelt Prayer In Sympathy Today That God Will Bless and Comfort You In His Own Loving Way .
  • LJ, Batesburg
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the fallen HERO's. My little brother is a firefighter for the City of Columbia, I pray for him and his fellow firefighters everyday!
  • BM, West Palm Beach, FL
    You are true heroes! We will never forget!!
  • RR, Lancaster
    We are both very sorry for the loved one of these fallen heroes.. It takes a brave person and a unigue heart to be a firefighter.. Everyone who serves in some way has a special place in the heart of America.. To all the ones who lost, a husband, a dad, a son, a bother, and a friend in this tragic accident, you all will be in our prayers and heart during the awful time..
  • ky, lake city,s.c.
    our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family's.no one knows except you what you're going thru just know that you do have friends all over.god bless
  • LJ, Batesburg, SC
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the fallen HERO's. My little brother is a firefighter for the City of Columbia, I pray for him and his fellow firefighters everyday!
  • LL, Tuscaloosa, AL
    My heartfelt condolences to the families of our fallen brothers and to the members of the Charleston Fire Dept.
  • as, blythewood
    I am sorry for the onece that have lost a loved one or a frined in this. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
  • JE, Leesville
    Our hearts and our prayers for healing go out to the families and community affected by this tragedy. These heroes are never compensated enough for putting their lives on the line for others
  • KT, Camden
    Our hearts and prayers are with you in this tragic time. As the wife of a fire brigade member I fill close to all of you have lost a loved one. These firefighters are true heros! let them rest in peace but always live in your memories. May God Bless you and your families.
  • DB, Columbia, SC
    Our family will be praying for all the families of the fire fighters in the city of Charleston. In a day where there are far too few good role models for my two young children, I greatly admire those who are willing to daily put their lives on the line in order to save the lives of people they've never met. My heart goes out those who , have lost so much these past two days. My prayer is that Jesus will be your comforter during this very difficult time.
  • W ,
    To the families of the firefighters, may god bless you. My heart goes out to you and your loved ones.
  • AC, west columbia
    As a friend of a firefighter, I cannot imagine the pain and sorrow the families of these heroes must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers go out to all and may God keep you close during this terrible time.
  • bm, sumter
    i am a retired dublin ireland firefighter living in S/C and i would like to send my heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of my fallen colleagues. i will pray for their brave and selfless souls.
  • BH, West Columbia
    Thank you for all that you do to insure our safety. My families thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones in this time of tragedy.
  • JC, Gilbert
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your loved one paid the ultimate price for the safety of other citizens. May God bless you, grant you peace and hold you close!
  • PM, Columbia
    I work for the Columbia Fire Department, and my heart and prayers go out to the families, and to Charleston Fire Dept. When one hurt, we all hurt....brotherhood!! God Bless!!
  • RS, Manning
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the lost firefighters. May God be with each family member.
  • ss, kershaw
    may god by with the freinds and families of the fallen heros . as a firefighter/paramedic myself today is a truly sad day. (you guys are in my prayers
  • ss, kershaw
    may god by with the freinds and families of the fallen heros . as a firefighter/paramedic myself today is a truly sad day. (you guys are in my prayers
  • DT, Lexington
    My prayers are with the family and friends of the nine brave firefighers. My brother has been a volunteer EMT and firefighter in upstate NY since 1975. I have seen the unselfish dedication firefighters have.
  • AC, Newberry
    We are all an extended family. When one suffers a loss we all feel it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families, friends, and fellow firefighters during this loss.
  • DR, Columbia, SC
    My heart is heavy and cries for those who have lost loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one.
  • JR, Columbia
    My Heart goes out to the families of the lost fieman, I know how devistated you are I lost my son on 2-03-07 as he was just beginning his career are a fireman, even tho he did not die in the line of duty, if there is anything I can do please do not hesiate to let me know, I also know that you will have the support of the firefighters I can't express how wonderful each and everyone of them were when I dealt with my loss, each and everyone were there for me, I mean also the fireman made there ways to cheif and so forth, I will never ever forget how wonderful they have been, I will continue to pray for each and everyone of you that god will help and see you through this tragedy as he has done for me and my family
  • IM, Columbia
    My heart and prayer go out to all the families of the firefighters, . Please know that I honor the courage and bravery of all those who lost their lives doing what they love most...helping others.
  • DG, Sumter
    As a widow of a paramedic and the mother of a volunteer firefighter/EMT, this has to be the worst of fears coming true. May God comfort each of the families suffering from this loss as well as the firefighters who have lost a fellow firefighter. Remember, that those who give life to others will never die. My prayers are with everyone who has been effected by this tragedy.
  • RM, Columbia
    These 9 firefighters were the ultimate heroes! Going into a burning building to rescue others takes an incredible human being and bravery beyond words. Please know your loved one did not pass in vain and we will never take for granted what firefighters do! God bless each one of you and bring you peace and comfort during this incredibly numbing and sad time. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
  • CC, Pelion
    My family would like for you to know that everyone is in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you in his hand in your time of need. God Bless you all, and your brave loved ones that you lost
  • DH, Lexington
    Thank you for your Brave sacrifice and we are so very sorry this tragedy ended this way. You are all in our prayers and we hope God's peace be with you knowing your loved ones are safe with Him now
  • RM, Columbia
    These 9 firefighters were the ultimate heroes! Going into a burning building to rescue others takes an incredible human being and bravery beyond words. Please know your loved one did not pass in vain and we will never take for granted what firefighters do! God bless each one of you and bring you peace and comfort during this incredibly numbing and sad time. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
  • GH, Lexington
    You all have my heartfelt sympathy and gratitude. As a Volunteer Captain in our local Fire Department I understand the commitment each firefighter has to the protection and safety of those whom they serve. Your loss is great, so is the loss we all feel for our brothers. May God bless and be with each of you as I know he is with your loved ones
  • F , Sumter
    My Prayers are with the families, the community and the fellow fire fighters in the Charleston area during this time of grief
  • CC, ocala, fl
    I just wanted to express my sympathy at your loss. My husband has been involved with the Fire Department for almost 20 years. I pray that God's peace will enfold you and comfort you as only He can
  • CG, Columbia
    As the daughter of a firefighter, I am sorry for the loss. They are all truly heroes. Condolences from my entire family
  • KB, Fort Mill
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the fallen firefighters and their families. Also the Charleston Fire Dept. from the firefighters and staff at Fort Mill Fire Dept. feel free to contact us with any needs. God Bless you.
  • LC, Columbia
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this tragic time
  • AB, Camden
    God Bless all the families. My heart goes out too them. All of the families are in my prayers
  • tc, orangeburg
    i share your grief. i am praying for you. May you find comfort in the Lord
  • MB, Lancaster
    My heart goes out to each of these families and to the Brotherhood of firefighters. I know that this is a terrible loss to all. Please know that there are not any words that can express my sorrow for you at this time. I will be praying for healing in which only GOD and time can do. Each Family will be in my thoughts as well as the Fire Fighters at the 3 stations and across Charleston. GOD BLESS each of you....Sending my love through
  • CM, Newberry
    I am the Mother of a firefighter and words cannot express the sorry I am feeling for all of the families and their fire brothers today. All firefighters are called to their profession and are truly courageous heroes each and everyday as they put their lives on the line for their communities. I pray that God will give you all strength and hope during this tragic tragic time in all of your lives. God bless you all..........
  • MP, Westville S.C.
    my prayers are with you all as a mother and grandmother of firefighters i know of your worries and concerns, you and your families will be in our hearts and prayers
  • LB, Columbia
    my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen firefighters. May God wrap his loving arms around their loved ones and give them courage and strengh to face the weeks ahead
  • JW, Irmo SC
    When my husband was a firefighter, I use to say a prayer to keep him safe but realized the day may come when he didn't return. For the wives of the fallen, your head may know and maybe even tried to prepare, but your heart may never catch up. Take refuge in the comfort of the firefighters family and lean on them for strength and support. Know that we are forever grateful that there are heroes among us
  • WH, Greenville, SC
    As a huge Columbia Fire Department supporter, I know the risks that every firefighter takes every time that alarm goes off. Our prayer go out to EVERY Firefighter for the loss of 9 of their brothers
  • LB, Cassatt
    My heart goes out to the families of the fallen firefighters. My husband is a firefighter and I know how I feel every time he leaves for a call. It takes a special person to be a firefighter. You are in our thoughts and prayers
  • JR, Prosperity
    As I read of this tragic event, my heart cried. I am so sorry for your losses but words can not really express the sorrow I feel. My prayers are with you. May look to God for comfort in this time of loss.
  • SH, columbia sc
    I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers your way. please, if there is anything that we can do to help you, I'd be glad to. Please remember that you are in my prayers
  • VH, Bossier City, LA
    May God be with you all at this time and give you comfort. You will all be in our prayers
  • SH, Sumter
    My heart aches and the tears roll down my cheeks for the families of these brave souls. It takes such courage to do such a risky job, not only on the part of the firemen but also their families. My prayers go out to you. May you find comfort in God's love, knowing that your loved ones are with Him. And I send prayers for the surviving firefighters and all firefighters in that brave family of Firefighters nationwide
  • JV, Gilbert
    My husband spent over 20 years in volunteer fire service. His father spent 55 years as a volunteer. And still, I can only imagine what the families of these brave people are feeling. Our prayers go out to all. May you find peace in God's promise that today these firefighters are in paradise. God Bless You
  • AL, Columbia
    What your loved ones did for those employees will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you! It takes a special kind of person to be a fireman and your family members were all amazing people for what they did.
  • CH, Lexington, SC
    We do not always understand why something so horrible happens. Just know that God had a reason for taking these brothers home. God bless both the related families and the fire house families. Just know that these 9 heros are watching over you and will protect you in the future.
  • MM, Columbia
    Please know that we are so sorry for your loss that has occurred in such a tragedy. We are praying for each of you as you face a difficult time ahead.
  • DR, Kershaw County, SC
    Being parents of a firefighter in Kershaw County, we know the dangers they face. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all
  • sp, Orangeburg
    My son's father is Ken Pauley. He works for one of the stations for N.Charleston. My heart goes out to the families.
  • BB, Aiken
    Its amazing to see that it takes something like this for the public to stand up and thank our firefighters. God Bless to each one of you guys.
  • DS, Columbia
    God bless the families of these firemans for exuding such bravery, courage and heroism, because in the end it,s the heart that prevails.These guys are angels
  • NS, Princeton, Louisiana
    I viewed the pitures of that seen it was tradgic lost of life. my sempthy for the familys in the tragic moment tea, rs rollod down my face, when I heard of them men all died. all over some darn funiture.
  • AL, Columbia
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends, as well as the coworkers of the fallen fire fighters in Charleston
  • LM, Swansea SC
    Im with our local fire department. I , just wanted to send out my prayers for all of the family's and friends. One of my good buddies were one of the fallen. May God bless them all!
  • TS, columbia
    My prayers and condolences goes out to the families of the fallen firefighters. May God guide and comfort you all with his peace,healing and love under Psalms 121:1-2.I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord.
  • KK, ColumbiaS.C.
    As we live our daily lives, a fire truck may pass us and we drive pass a fire station.We take for granted this so important service that we have. At i moments notice, if we are in peril, brave men and women to come to our aide. We must salute them and honor them. Nine persons have lost there lives in giving to us. What is so large is this lost, we must reach to the familes, there are children who have lost there fathers.Give what you can, future lives are in need. My heart goes out to to famlies, i hope in time there they will find inner peace
  • JM, Mount Pleasant
    I can't express how sorry I am for your losses. Please accept my condolences, and I hope that the fact that they lost their lives protecting others can in some way help lessen the terrible loss you have suffered
  • MC, Chapin
    May God bless these wonderful men and be with their friends and families in this tragic time
  • JM, lexington
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you thro, ugh this tough times. Remember they are watching over you
  • DB, Camden
    As the mother and sister of firefighters I know the honor and love you have for these heros. My heart goes out to the families and departments that these firefighters were a part of
  • RH, Summerville, SC
    You're in our prayers and thoughts
  • C, Whitmire,
    We are so grateful for our firefighters and law enforcement. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you know God is with you
  • TM, Columbia
    As a Firefighter for many years I know they commitmentit takes to train , work and live in an enviroment that is always full of danger ata ny moment . I also know the feeling I get knowing I have done my part for my community and frends in their time of need and the feeling that comes with that. I cannot imagine your sense of loss at this moment .But I thank you for your support in the lives of the HEROs that every day get up to help others, For with out your support none of this would be possible . Me thoughts,prayers and tears are with you
  • HT, Wellington, Fl
    Our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the firemen lost in this tragedy. We mourn with you
  • B , Rembert
    Firefighters and their families are brave and strong people that deserve more recognition. All firefighters should be honored and remembered everyday for the hard work and bravery. My prayers are with families that suffered a lose due to this horrible fire.
  • IP, Columbia
    Our hearts go out to the families and freinds of the loved ones lost. It is the bravery of these firemen that helps our families sleep at night
  • jc, Springhill, La.
    My prayers and thoughts are with each one. Be strong in faith
  • KD, Lugoff
    My heart and prayers go out to all the firefighting community and their families. This is such a tragic loss. My brothers are firemen and this loss hits very close to home. Please know that we are thinking about praying for the victims and families
  • DM, Elgin
    This is a tragic loss to everybody. It made me reflect back on 911 and all the firefighters that were lost then. My prayers are sent out to the families of the deceased and to the firemen that worked with these courageous men and women
  • DF, Blythewood
    I have asked the Lord to have mercy on their souls and to hold their loved ones closely to Him. My sincerely feel for their families. It is so tragic to lose so many lives for the sake of saving material goods. We should not expect firefighters to remain in harms way after all human life is rescued, just walk away from such danger and leave the material things alone. God Bless all of you for all that you do
  • JB, Manning
    We are so sorry. Our thoughts are with you all. God Bless
  • MC, Chester, SOuth Carolina
    My sincere condolences to all of those who lost family members, the firefighters who lost their collegues. My prayers are with you at this time. Love you all,,,,,
  • JB, Columbia
    god and his angels are with you all the love of the lord is the light of the world it will get better
  • MM, Goose Creek
    As a former firefighter, my heart hurts and I know each of these firefighters are angels and God has a special place for them. My thoughts and prayers are the families and the community
  • MW, Kershaw
    May you find comfort in God's love during this very difficult time in your life. I pray you will feel God's presence in the coming weeks
  • MH, Toronto Canada
    As the father of a firefighter in Mississauga, Canada, I know that there is always the possibility of serious injury or death on the job. An incident like this only reinforces how much I support my son in his choice to be a firefighter. My sincere condolonces - they did not die in vain
  • KB, Bamberg, S.C.
    God bless the families of my fallen brothers who have sacrificed so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.Please find strength in knowing the willingness of each one involved to give so much of themselves to help and save others.They were true heroes ready to serve and protect at a moments notice
  • BG, Waterdown, Ont,Canada
    My prayers and thoughts are with you all in this tragic time. As a firefighter for the past 34 years in Burlington, Canada I too feel your pain
  • SM, Monetta
    Words can't begin to tell your story nor can they relay our feelings for you and the loss of Nine Great Men. Just know that we care.
  • HE, Blythewood
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I appreciate the bravery and courage of each firefighter
  • RT, Rochester, New York
    I would like to express my sincere condolences to the familiesof the nine firefighters that died in the line of duty. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless
  • SC, sumter
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you for the dedication and bravery these firefighters gave to our state. God Bless You All.
  • CB, Sumter
    I will keep you all deeply in my prayers. They are all hero's and will never be forgotten for their courage, duty and the sacrifices they have made.
  • LE, Wedgefield
    My prayers are with the families of the nine firefighters. May God continue to strengthen you in this extreme time of need. God bless all of you and keep the faith that he will see you through
  • TP, columbia
    My heart goes out to all the families who have lost a loved one. My family lost two important women on December 8 ,2006 to a house fire. Our family has a special place in our hearts for the brave men and women who enter a fire because my uncle is the Assistant Chief of The City of Columbia Fire Department. We understand the danger that your family member so bravely faced each day they put their uniform on. You are in my prayers and I hope with time you may find comfort in the fact that your loved one was and always will be a HERO  
  • BR, Manning
    To the families, surviving fire fighters and friends of these brave individuals, I pray for each of you. I pray that God will keep you in this your time of trouble. My God bless the soul of each of the fighters that loss their lives trying to help some else. They are truly heros.
  • DB, Columbia SC
    May God Bless you all in your time of sorror.

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