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7/1/13 at 12:24 PM 3 Comments

Prayer List: 19 Firemen Die as Heroes

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Retired fire chief Delbert Phelps receives fireman's funeral in 2007.

Yesterday 19 firemen died while fighting a forest fire in Arizona.

CNN reported, "It was the deadliest day for firefighters since the 9/11 attacks. And it is the deadliest wildland fire since 1933, according to a list from the U.S. National Wildfire Coordinating Group."

There is a unique tradition for firemen killed while on duty. Their caskets are carried by fire trucks instead of hearses to where they are buried.

In 1997 a friend of mine that was a fireman died at a fire and I attended his funeral. After his casket was loaded onto a fire truck, a procession of fire trucks from local fire departments led the way to the cemetery with their sirens blaring. It was really cool to see someone that risked his life, receive a funeral worthy of a hero.

The firemen that died on 9/11 also received this honor at their funerals.

Prayer List

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort the families and friends of the deceased firemen.
  2. Pray for the wives and children of these men to experience emotional healing.
  3. Pray for Christians to share the love of Christ with the hurting and to be a source of encouragement as they suffer.
  4. Pray for rain to fall on dry ground where people are in danger of such forest fires.
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