On this cold, cold February morning a large group of Auburn Hills Police and Fire Department members gathered in front of our building. We gathered near a large stone that carries a plaque that memorializes, Dennis Dearing Jr., a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty on this date in 1994. He was 27 years old.
We never forget.
But we also say – NEVER AGAIN. We accept that our work is uncertain–we go toward danger as others are going away. But we do it with care- we train to meet the challenge every day. Our highly trained and dedicated fire command staff is on every scene and takes hold of each incident to choose tactics that will be effective and safe both for the public and ourselves. We have appropriate safety equipment and require that it be used. We study and train to improve ourselves all the time. Every structure fire is evaluated for performance improvement.
We deeply regret the loss of Firefighter Dearing but his memory urges us forward toward improved performance every day.