Memories of Jan. 5 tragedy linger

A March 25 television program about 9/11 brought back so many heart-wrenching memories. It was about firefighters losing one of their own.

It took me back to Jan. 5, with the news of Clinton Fire Lt. Eric M. Hosette's death and Firefighter Adam Cain's injuries. In the 55 years of being married to a now-retired firefighter, we never dreamed that this experience would engulf us.

Almost one quarter of the year has passed but the tears, hugs and wishes of the brotherhood are still fresh in our hearts. The two days of services for Eric were overwhelming.

Firefighters from all areas who relieved the Clinton crews and stood for compassion, the bagpiper unit from Chicago, the young cadet from Burlington who needed to be here, the terrific photographer who captured all the emotions, the three geared-up children outside Lyons Station saluting as the truck procession went by, Pastor Lott for his loving words, Retired Chief Mark Regenwether who saw to it that things went as planned, Chief Michael Brown who embraced the helmet presented to Kelly Hosette in the coverlet of snow, the many red lights burning still are memories we never imagined enduring and still tearing over.

We thank the community for the support of our men and pray that Adam continues to heal each and every day as well as all the families of our brave men in uniform. Go in God's peace.

Attending the memorial service on May 1 in honor of the union workers who lost their lives in 2018, it was such a joy to see Kelly Hosette doing so well. It was overwhelming to see Adam Cain so young and vibrant. They were presented with plaques as a token of Eric and Adam's service to the city. May God keep watch over them.

Retired Assistant Fire Chief Vern R. Larson and wife, Barbara A. Larson,