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Fire News in Focus
by Adam K. Thiel

Mourning those who died this weekend

The time for analysis and learning from these tragedies will come; for now, remember the fallen

By Adam K. Thiel

Editor's Note: Chief Adam K. Thiel looks at this weekend's line of duty deaths and reminds us to mourn those firefighters and not jump to hasty conclussions.

The U.S. fire service just experienced a tragic weekend. While many across our nation observed holidays from Friday through Monday, fire departments in several states are dealing with the tragic losses of their members during that same timespan.

I know we are all thinking of these firefighters, their departments, and their families right now. At the same time, many of us are trying to comprehend what happened in the incidents that claimed their lives.

Frankly, it's too soon to understand. And while learning from others' lessons is important for the broader fire service, it's vital that we not jump to conclusions and collectively remain focused on the facts (as they emerge) of these terrible events.

The time for analysis and discussion will come soon enough; for now, we mourn our fallen comrades.

Stay safe.

About the author

With more than two decades in the field, Chief Adam K. Thiel FireRescue1's editorial advisor is an active fire chief in the National Capital Region and a former state fire director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Thiel's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter and rescue diver. He also directly participated in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Isabel.

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