Remembering the fallen heroes one year later when Lt. Steven Velasquez and Firefighter Michel Baik paid the ultimate sacrifice a year ago.
Personal editorial here:
We had the only cameras on scene and witnessed first hand things a camera cannot capture like the extreme heat conditions that existed without a fire. I had just come from an interview with Mayor Finch where he had opened cooling centers because the temperatures had reached over one hundred degrees. In the final reports the state conducted investigating this tragedy no where does it indicate high temperatures as a factor. I personally feel these reports unfairly place the blame on the firefighters. Watch the extreme conditions they faced in this video. We have all witnessed through our videos the heroic acts the Bridgeport Firefighters perform on a daily basis. I would be very comfortable in knowing my well being depended on the Bridgeport Firefighters. Regardless, we still lost two great men that day.
As you expect for DoingItLocal.com the extended story. Sadly for this one two Bridgeport Firefighters lost thier lives fighting a blaze on Elmwood Avenue today.