I am still in shock from the death of the nine firefighters here in Charleston this week. All of them were brave men and I cannot believe the tragedy. On personal note, one of those fallen was a friend of mine. Mike Benke was a great all around guy and I will miss him. But, and the sad thing is, his family will miss him more. He leaves behind a son the same age as my son, a daughter the same age as my daughter, and a wife who is an overworked nurse. I am saddened beyond belief — and proud to have known him.
I know that his family, like the families of all the firefighters, will need all of the support and help they can get. So I am just asking please, do what you can. For a list of ways to help out, please check here.