We received an e-mail from the mother of firefighter Jonathan Croom in response to this post and were given permission to share it:

  • I was just notified by a family member to listen to your station. Let me introduce myself, I am the mother of Fallen Firefighter Jonathan S. Croom. Your tribute, was heartbreaking, but phenomenal. It was very difficult for me to listen to the radio calls, especially the one noting the absence of my son, but I do feel it is so important that this community and the world never forget his sacrifice. He died while going in to save Lt. Mcarthy, my son made a known choice to risk his life for his comrade, and for that I will be eternally proud. But I need you to know, that my heart is forever broken, and my life has never been the same, nor will it be, thank you again for the wonderful tribute!
    Angie Heusinger

Hard to believe it's been two years since two Buffalo firefighters were killed in the line of duty on August 24th, 2009.  45-year old Lt. Charles "Chip" McCarthy and 34-year old firefighter Jonathan Croom were killed when they were trapped in the basement of a building on Genesee Street when the first floor gave way.

Fire crews were called to scene just before 4 in the morning with a report that the building was on fire and someone was inside banging on a wall calling for help.  McCarthy and Croom were inside looking for that person and other possible victims when the floor buckled.  They died heroes.

McCarthy left behind a wife, 3 children and a grandchild.

Croom was survived by a fiancee and a young child.

Our thoughts go out to their families, co-workers and friends.

Here is a tribute song we put together to honor the fallen: