Forgotten heroes, RIP
I am a 20-year veteran volunteer firefighter from a small town. Our fire department is about the same size as the fire department in West, Texas. My heart grieves for the loss of those brave souls who loved their community so much they dared to defuse a burning 270-ton bomb to save lives.
Their heroic loss is now being buried under the constant coverage of the more titillating story of terrorist brothers and their small pressure-cooker bombs. Last year there were 17 people in our country killed by terrorism. Compare that to the almost 5,000 who died from workplace “accidents.” Texas Governor Perry has already asked for federal money to help clean up this latest “accident.”
The Boston bombers will continue to fill up the news, while the heroic heroes of West, Texas, are buried — along with any real justice for their needless sacrifice. Rest in peace, my fellow fighters.
Michael T. Hinojosa