September 23, 2014
HOUSTON (AP) - Among the four firefighters killed while battling a Houston motel and restaurant fire were veterans of the department and a newcomer just a month out of the academy.
One of those killed Friday was 29-year-old Robert Garner. His father, Jerry Veuleman, told the Houston Chronicle that Garner was proud of his work and had set his sights on becoming a firefighter after leaving the military. He joined the department in 2010.
The fire broke out along a busy freeway, and was the deadliest in the 118-year history of the department.
The others who died were: 35-year-old Capt. Matthew Renaud, an 11-year veteran of the department; 41-year-old Robert Bebee, who joined almost 12 years ago; and 24-year-old rookie firefighter Anne Sullivan. She had graduated from the training academy in April.
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