msbadger, on behalf of firefighters everywhere, I want to thank you for your kind words and prayers. I actually have a bit of a connection with the Buffalo FD. I have spent a little time with several of their guys and actually spent one night drinking coffee and chasing alarms out of my firehouse in Des Moines with BFD Commissioner Mike Lombardo (a Capt. on BFD Truck 11 at the time). They are good people and great firefighters in that city. Your prayers will be put to good use and they will be back on their feet soon. Lets pray that the families who have lost their husbands/fathers/sons will recover as well.
As for Ted Kennedy, let me say that I think dtrain56's remarks are totally out of bounds. You certainly won't hear that sort of thing from any firefighters organizations. Make no mistake, I have never been a fan of Ted Kennedy. Not as a politician and not as a person. But I do not savor his death and I too pray for his family and his soul.