COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Two firefighters were killed in a fire in Colerain Township on Friday morning, Cincinnati television station WLWT reported.
The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. at a home on Squirrels Nest Lane. Two members of the first arriving Colerain Township fire crew went into the home to start fighting the fire.
More firefighters arrived but they lost radio contact with the firefighters. A second alarm was issued and units from nearby Fairfield were called to assist.
Shortly thereafter, the fire command still could not reach the lost firefighters and made a mayday call to track all the firefighters. Other firefighters found a fire hose in the home without anyone around it.
Fire Department spokesman Steve Conn said that it appears that the home's floor collapsed, sending both firefighters into the basement. Both were covered in rubble when they were found, Conn said.
No names have been released. Conn said both firefighters' bodies have been recovered from the home.
The last time a Colerain Township firefighter died in the line of duty was in the 1970s, Conn said.
God Bless Capt. Robin Broxterman and FireFighter Brian Schira, we continue
in prayer for Family and Friends. Knowing that because these two fallen heros
gave it all for their neighbors. May God strengthen and bless in every way. You
will never be forgotten rest in peace, God Is Love.
I was a firefighter on the line for 30 years. Whenever, a fallen brother or sister dies on duty it is a tragedy. I pray for the family and friends of the fallen. Even though I don't know them personally it causes pain deep within. God bless!
On behalf of our fire department, our heartfelt condolences are extended to the families of Capt. Robin Broxterman and Firefighter Brian Schira and to the Colerain Township Fire Department.
May we all reflect upon this recent tragedy and honor the fallen by re-committing to our call to duty.
The two firefighters that died, were Captain Robin Broxterman of 17 years and first female Captain of Colerain Township Fire Department, age 37. Robin is survived by her parents and sibling, and two little girls 8 and 10. She was enganged to be married to Don Patterson, fellow firefighter. Robin worked side by side with my husband for years and I had the pleasure of knowing her. We are at a loss for words right now. She was a great gal, spunky and talented in her works.
The second firefighter is Brian Schira, age 29, who was a newcomer with Colerain FD since November of 2007. Brian came from Delhi Fire Department and was a great, quiet and wellrounded respected man. Brian was due to be off the clock that morning at 6am, but took this call at 6:10am, as so many do when their shift is up, making it his last.
Even in their last moments, they showed true comradery for eachother.
We mourn their loss deeply, as well as the community and extended family of brotherhood.
Any donations can be made to Kemba Credit Union of Cincinnati, or the fire departments for which they worked for.