Fires engulfed the Golden Gate area of Collier County; the conditions were extreme, with winds of 12 miles per hour. Homes and property were at risk and fire personnel were working around the clock to protect and serve.
It was 1985. As the daughter and sister of firefighters it was hard for me to focus on anything else.
Walls of flames met our vehicle as we drove supplies to the firefighters on the front lines. Saying goodbye to my father and brother after dropping off water and food to them and their crews was difficult.
Our view of them was erased, as we drove away, by embers and ash, then smoke, then flames.
I remember thinking that might be my last memory of them, although it wasn’t.
I was blessed, I thought, after learning that firefighter Marco A. Miranda’s family was not as lucky; he died a hero protecting lives.
Many families across the country have lost loved ones since this fateful day and their families continue to need support; we always remember!
News organizations across the country have covered the loss of life in the fire service this year — reminders that the work these local heroes do each day is real and the lives of families they leave behind change in just an instant. Local firefighters and their families have dedicated time to help assist these families by hosting a benefit golf tournament on Nov. 9 at Lely Resort.
The four-player scramble tournament will raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Registration and sponsorship information can be found online at http://golf.firehero.org/fl/naples/ or contact Sean Hunt at 239-641-2383 or email@example.com; Andy Sanchez at 239-404-2311 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or me at 239-825-5178 or email@example.com.
The event is open to the public, but there is limited room for golfers so preregistration is strongly encouraged.
Golfers will be invited to conclude the day at the Classics clubhouse immediately following the tournament.
You can see a video about the NFFF Memorial Golf Tournaments at http://golf.firehero.org/
Congress created the foundation in 1992 to remember fallen fire heroes and provide resources to help their families. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations can be earmarked for Southwest Florida.
Nov. 9 is just around the corner. Get involved today.