Thank You for your reconignition of James and Damion, as Damion's family he was always best in our eyes, but I want to say that while certain members standout at the HFD they are all the best in our eyes.
Best Firefighters - 2009
James Harlow and Damien Hobbs
Sadly, the Best Firefighter title is bestowed posthumously on Houston firefighters James Harlow and Damien Hobbs. The two men died while fighting a blaze last April. Harlow, a 30-year veteran of the department, had been captain of Fire Station 26 for three years. Hobbs, an Iraq war veteran, had begun active duty with the fire department less than 30 days before his death. The veteran and the rookie, tied together by tragedy, represent the commitment of every HFD firefighter — to save others, no matter what the cost.