Firefighter Cain arrives home

Jake Mosbach/Clinton HeraldHeather Carlson and her 3-year-old daughter, Kate, welcome Clinton firefighter Adam Cain at Central Fire Station on Friday.

Welcome home, Adam!

During the three weeks you were hospitalized, everyone here was praying the day would come that you would be able to be home with your family. We are amazed at your progress and so happy you are home from Iowa City.

When news of the Jan. 5 Archer Daniels Midland explosion broke, it didn’t take long for people to learn that firefighters were involved and that it was extremely serious. A press conference the same night confirmed it.

The loss of your firefighter brother, Eric Hosette, and knowing that you were in Iowa City in a battle for your life left the community stunned, saddened and shaken.

Red lights went on throughout Clinton and surrounding towns to show support for our firefighters and their families.

Hundreds turned out for Lt. Hosette’s public memorial service Jan. 12 in Clinton’s Riverview Park and we are sure so, so many more were watching the service, at home, online.

Throughout the weeks that followed, city officials sent out releases about your condition, whether you were on a ventilator, the strength you were showing, the progress being made and the need for prayer. All were contained in the updates.

We were thrilled to hear Thursday that you were coming home; listening to Clinton County dispatchers announce over the scanner as your vehicle approached each town Friday on the way to Clinton’s Central Fire Station was a joy to listen to.

And as the dispatcher welcomed you into Clinton County shortly after 2 p.m., it was nothing short of miraculous to hear you respond: “This is Firefighter Cain, thank you.”

Welcome home, Adam.

We mourn the shared loss of Lt. Hosette, thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made serving us, and will continue to show support for you and your family as you continue to heal.