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Texans Move OTA Practice To Attend Firefighters’ Memorial

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - Reliant Stadium will hold a public memorial service Wednesday, June 5 at 10 a.m. for the four fallen firefighters from Friday’s five-alarm fire.  The Texans have moved their OTA practice from 11 a.m. to 8 a.m. so that the entire team could attend.

“It’s very important to us. We talked about it as a group yesterday and talked to a couple players. It means a lot to us to be there, to show our support for the families and to our community. We’re going to move our day up in the morning and looking forward to being there to support the families,” head coach Gary Kubiak said after Tuesday’s OTA practice.

“You got to pay your respects for the people/first responders that are there, putting their life on the line day in and day out for you to be able to do what you do,” Texans center Chris Myers said.  “They don’t get talked about often until something negative happens like this.  That’s unfortunate.”

“As players and members of this community, first and foremost in the Houston area, for us to show our support and rally around each other as a group, a collective group in Houston, says a lot about what we are as an organization,” said quarterback Matt Schaub.

The deadly blaze at a motel in Southwest Houston killed four firefighters and marked Friday as the deadliest day in the 118-year history of the Houston Fire Department.

The memorial service is open to the public and will honor the four fallen firefighters:

  • Captain EMT Matthew Renaud, 35, of Station 51
  • Firefighter EMT Robert Garner, 29, of Station 68
  • Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan, 24, of Station 68
  • Engineer Operator EMT Robert Bebee, 41, of Station 51.

Click here to get more details of Wednesday’s public memorial.

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