On May 31, countless heroic first responders converged on what would become the most devastating and deadly fire in Houston Fire Department history. The five-alarm motel fire claimed the lives of four Houston firefighters and injured 14 others, three of which sustained serious long-term injuries that will involve months of recovery, numerous surgeries and additional obstacles as they bravely work toward a full recovery.
To help these injured firefighters, their families and others that may be affected by injuries sustained in the line of duty, a group of dedicated firefighters established the new nonprofit organization Firefighters Helping Firefighters.
The first fundraising effort of Firefighters Helping Firefighters, "Concert 4 Heroes," will help provide much-needed financial relief to three firefighters and their families. Engineer-Operator Anthony Livesay and Fire Fighter Robert Yarbrough have months of recovery and expected surgeries ahead. Captain William Dowling, suffered crushing injuries and burns that required both legs to be amputated and faces ongoing surgeries and dialysis to aid his body in healing and remains in critical condition, fighting for his life daily.
"Concert 4 Heroes" features performances from popular Texas bands and performers, including Cody Johnson and the Rockin' CJB and Texas troubadour Dub Miller, to name a few. The event will kick off at 3 pm with an opening performance by Houston Fire Department's Pipes and Drums Band which is comprised of active or retired Houston firefighters.
VIP tickets include entry into the VIP tent close to stage with a cooling system, complimentary food, private cash bar, private restrooms, a commemorative T-shirt and other goodies, meet and greet with the performing musicians and an opportunity to rub elbows with local celebrities and sports figures.