Grand Funerals And Forgotten Men
US Forest Service chaplain Steve Seltzern said of firefighters Jason McKay, Jess McLean, Daniel Hoover-Najera, and Pablo Cerda and engine captain Mark Loutzenhiser:
In the simple act of lacing up their fire boots, they were actually committing themselves to protect and to serve.
That commitment killed them and 10,000 people isn't a crowd big enough to honor them sufficiently.
Bowers ordered the death of civil rights attorney Vernon Dahmer Sr. Dahmer was 58 years old when he was killed in a Ku Klux Klan-ordered fire-bombing. Dahmer had just announced that blacks could pay their poll tax at his grocery stor.
Of Bowers, Dahmer's widow said,"He was supposed to stay there until he died. I guess he fulfilled that. He lived a lot longer than Vernon Dahmer did."
To paraphrase the Forest Service chaplain:
In the stupid act of living out his hatred, he was actually committing himself to protecting the unjustifiable and serving his eternity in Hell.Related Tags: Heroes, Villians, Fire fighters, Racism, Ku Klux Klan