The Southwest Inn Hotel Fire on May 31, 2013, claimed the lives of Captain Matthew Renaud and Engineer Operator Robert Bebee of Engine 51, Firefighter Robert Garner, and Probationary Firefighter Anne Sullivan of Engine 68. This was the deadliest day in Houston Fire Department's history.
The Captain Renaud Foundation was created in honor of Captain Matthew Renaud and his brave and selfless acts as a Houston firefighter. The foundation is here to provide immediate financial assistance to Houston firefighters and their families during those difficult times following a line of duty death or catastrophic injury, no matter their marital status and/or if they have children. Although these heroes know that those dangers are very real, they still perform their jobs fearlessly, heroically and exhibit unparalleled professionalism.
To them we say, "Brothers... Always"
The Captain Renaud Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization. All donations go directly to the foundation or other specified charities. No board member receives a salary or contributions.
Through fundraisers, donations, and the support of our community, The Captain Renaud Foundation has donated $70,000 in financial assistance to Houston Firefighters and their families.
HFD Line of Duty Deaths:
Firefighter Daniel Groover 7/9/2014
Captain Dwight Bazile 2/21/2015
Cadet Steven Whitfield II 3/31/2016
Gone but not forgotten.