Jay's last post was really touching -- though certainly not in the same way for me as it is for a firefighter.
On June 18, 2007, I heard about the tragedy on the news like any other American, but by June 18, 2008, I was involved in a job where I couldn't help but consider what the loss meant to the fire service.
That week, Jamie interviewed several people close to the tragedy including the fiancee of one of the 9. (Read it here.) And Jay wrote a lovely column called 'Reflections on 9 Firefighters'. Columnist Tom LaBelle also wrote about loss and legacy -- we put it all together in the first special coverage page I worked on at FireRescue1. (See it here.)
As someone who was just learning about the fire service and just learning to work with firefighters, I found that anniversary an incredibly powerful introduction to a culture full of tradition and emotion.
A I read about the highway dedication, I'm glad to know the Charleston 9 will be remembered in a more profound way than I might ever understand.