To The Family,
I am 62 years old and am not ashamed to say that firefighting is a job that I've always feared. However, I've always admired those who are Firefighters. These guys are caring and courageous people. I'm so sorry that this terrible tragedy happened. Please accept my deepest thoughts of sympathy. God bless you.
My God Linda.....so sorry I didn't hug you........he must have had all your kindness............Deana.........and to your sister.............
Claire- I know your time with Robert was all too brief. You seemed like kindred spirits. May you find the strength to carry on Robert's light and live your life to the fullest as I am sure he would want you to.
Dear loved ones of Robert,
It has been nearly six months since this horrific tragedy. My prayer is for you to continue to endure in spite of the emotional pain that greets you each day. May you be comforted in knowing that our heavenly father knows how you feel and listens intently if you call on him and come and pray to him, he listens and will calm your heart. – Jeremiah 29:12
The world is full of men, but what of men noble and true?
Can you say that you have known such a man?
These men are far too few.
But let me tell you a a story,
About a team of men
Who left behind a legacy
That will not be forgotten.
They passed every test,
Chosen to fight wild fires,
They were called the best.
One scorching June day in 2013,
When a wildfire raged
The Hotshots were called upon
To battle the fiery blaze.
Armed with tools and heavy gear,
They set out in their prime,
No job too hard for these men,
No hill too tall to climb.
Command was set, plans were made
To tackle the fire's wrath
But winds shifted unexpectedly
And they were trapped in the fire's path.
19 men were caught that day,
The fire drew quickly near
Though they knew they were truly trapped,
Not a one showed fear.
Dig your shelters, men came the command,
Each one knew what this meant
They dug with haste and with one final look
They took to their tents.
Then let us look away,
For we cannot bear
What came to each one next,
Each man endured in those fiery moments,
His final Hotshot test.
And when the aid finally found the men,
The blackened landscape bore
The testimony of death everywhere,
And the men who were no more.
Oh children, your father was so brave,
A man who did his best
In work excelled, he fought to save,
withstanding every test.
Dear widow, may you never shed
another tear at some unhappy strife
For you've suffered enough dread
The day your husband lost his life.
Young sweetheart, your hopes and dreams
Lay in ashes, from the fire's wrath
May you find hope and dream once more
Though sorrow has changed your path.
Sad mother, your beautiful son,
your joy and your pride
Whom you succored with patient love,
has bravely lived and bravely died.
Two prayers I pray for you, the first,
Though all hope now seem dim
May you have a hope in God,
And place your trust in Him.
Second, May something good,
Something beautiful and strong
Emerge from this tragic loss
From something that went so wrong.
Then like a Phoenix from the ashes
May these men and their noble deeds
Live, for love is stronger than death,
In the lives of those who who stop here to read.
-Michelle Kendall and Family, Barnet, Vermont
To the Family & Friends
of Mr. Caldwell
Please accept my deepest
sympathy in the loss of
Your HERO. May He Rest In
Peace. May God comfort You
during this difficult time.
Dave, sending you and your family all love. I am so sorry for your loss of your son and nephew. What wonderful kind looking beautiful young men. Brave young men. Our council rock class of 76 have cried and are praying for you all. Valli cheromcka
We are so sorry for your family's tragic loss and grateful for Robert's self sacrificing service. As you reflect on your wonderful memories we hope you can find comfort and strength in Gods promise to heal our pain and be rid of death forever, reuniting us with our loved ones
"And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore, the former things have passed away."
Much love to your family
brave hero god bless pitts. pa
Dave & Linda
We are so sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
God bless and comfort you all and may he rest in peace. They are our heroes forever. Linda from Seattle and Prescott.
May the God of all comfort be with the family of Robert, Caldwell Thrugh this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family!
"Lifting the family up in prayer"
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. God bless all of you
DEAR FAMILY , MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU IN THIS TIME OF SORROW . GOD BLESS YOU . REST IN PEACE FIREFIGHSTER CALDWELL.
A true hero, he was brave and a good person. The Caldwell's are true to family needs and very good hearted Robert will be missed very much. My Granfather was a Caldwell his name was Harold Lee Caldwell born and raised in Illinois after WW11 he moved to Tennessee werehe lived until he died in 92 to cancer my thoughts and prayer go out to the Caldwell family.
He was a true hero. God Bless you all
Words cannot express the sorrow of your loved one. My only hope is that Jesus Christ will comfort you and hold you near. The greatest thing to know is that he went straight to Heaven and is with Our Lord and Savior. May God give to all of you strength and courage throughout your lives. God Bless.
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Not sure what to say at this time other than you and your family are in our prayers.
God bless, comfort and keep the family of Robert. Each of these young men was unique and a hero. I pray for our firefighters each day.
PRAYER FOR FIREFIGHTERS
Bless the firefighters—one and ALL;
Go before them on each call.
Protect them as they serve our kind,
Saving lives with theirs on line.
By Your mercy and Your grace,
Keep their families truly safe.
Oh, may they never suffer harm
At the sound of the alarm.
Grant them wisdom, knowledge too—
All, dear Lord, which comes from You.
Daily be their shield and guide;
Never—ever—leave their side.
Strengthen now the hands that serve
With the blessings they deserve.
© 2001 by Walterrean Salley
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dear Dave, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much your Son meant to you! I loved when we were in Indiana and you would take the time to show pictures of your family including the ones of your Son and the fires he fought. I know how proud you were of him.. I will keep you and your Family in my thoughts and Prayers. He was a Hero.. God Bless you Dave. Your Son will not be forgotten, God Bless his fallen Brothers..
My deepest sympathy goes to the family, i didn't know Robert but i'm sure he did his job well. you were and are a HERO. God bless the family and give you comfort.
May God bless your family and give them comfort..what a great loss. you were/are a hero...thanks for your service. didn't know you but i know you served your state
rest in peace
Our deepest condolences to you the family and loved ones of this extraordinary young man. He has touched the hearts & minds of the world with his exemplary character,integrity, passion and dedication. He will not be forgotten. His life made a difference. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. May the God of ALL Comfort - comfort you as only He can. "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,for His compassions never fail. With great respect,
Dave, there are no words to express my sorrow for your loss but please know you and your family are in my thoughts as you mourn Robert's passing. He was a true hero!!! God bless my friend.
So sorry to lose this incredible young man. There is deep sadness in the hearts of Arizonans. We mourn with you.
Find comfort in the cheerished memories that will live on of these Angels. These "19 HEROES OF THE FOREST" will never be forgotten." Keep the Faith. Many Blessings and Hugs.
DAVE AND FAMILY,
-THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE PAIN AND DISCOMFORT THAT THIS FAMILY AND THE OTHER 18 FALLEN HEROS FAMILIES ARE FEELING IN THIS TRAGEDY. OUR DEEPEST CONDOLONCES ARE WITH EACH AND EVERY FAMILY MEMBER AND ALSO THE “BROTHERS” CO-WORKERS OF THIS ELITE SQUAD.
CO-WORKERS FROM ERA HELICOPTERS, HOUMA BASE
Our thoughts and prayers are will you. Our deepest sympathy.
This brave, young man will always be 23 years old. His frsh, smiling face will be in his family's and friends' memory always. Thank you, Robert Caldwell, for your courage and dedication!
So very sorry for your loss. A true American hero.
My son Mitchell,m spent 3 summers on an Inter-agency firefighting team in Wyoming. I hope there is some solace for you in knowing that all of this country grieves with you. May God Bless and keep you.
I did not know this young man. However, my prayers go out to this fine man named Robert, whose purpose was to be a HERO! May god wrap his loving arms around each of you in this time of sorrow. I am a grateful citizen.
Dear Linda, Dave, and Taylor, There just aren't words to express our deepest sorrow for the devastating loss of Robert. Our hearts are broken. He was the dearest, sweetest little boy who grew up to be a courageous hero. We are so proud of him. Our love, thoughts,
and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We miss you. Love, Kathy, Chris, and Josh Mould
To the Caldwell family- your all in my thoughts and prayers.
My son is about Robert's age & I'm praying that peace will replace your pain. I am proud of him and his wonderful attributes and courage. God bless all those who mourn his loss.
Dear Linda, Dave & Taylor, OMG We were sooo saddened to hear about Robert's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. We miss you very, very much and will pray that you make it through this terrible time. Your old friends, Donna, Bill, Billy, Sean & Kristian Benz XO (Dbenzflorals@gmail.com)
May the Lord's light guide you through this difficult time and may it provide you some comfort to know that Robert was and will always be a hero.
Our deepest condolences. God welcomed all the Hotshots home.
Praying for your family each and every day. We will always be indebted to you and Robert will always be a hero.
I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family during this time of grief.
Dear Linda and family, know that at this very sad time our hearts grieves with you and for you. May God bless you and rest assured that Robert, your brave and wonderful son, is in Heaven in God's hand. We are so sorry for you. Silvia, John and family
Dave, Linda and Taylor: God Bless you all. What a wonderful young man Robert was. My prayers go out to all of you and his young new family. Peace be with you soon.
With heavy hearts and our deepest sympathy the Miami, Florida, community is thinking of you during your time of sorrow. As you hold closely the cherished memories that you shared with Robert, may God comfort you and grant you inner peace while you await the hour in which all those in the memorial tomb will hear Jesus' voice and come out. Today, we are remembering Robert and offering our depth-less gratitude for the sacrifice that he made so that lives could be saved.
God takes the Best, rest in peace Robert. Family know now he is bigger than a fire fighter now, he is now your guardian angel for eternity!
Sometimes heroes spend too little time walking among us but they are always with us. Our sincere sympathy on the loss of this American hero. Our prayers are with Robert's family.
I was a firefighter for 32yrs and i feel your loss. Such a tragic loss of a young mans life. May he rest in peace.
So very sorry for your loss of this BRAVE YOUNG MAN!
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Prayers from us in Vancouver, BC. So sorry for your loss. God takes some too early.
MR aka JettieG
So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way. God bless.
Comfort the Bereaved
When earthbound days are done, and loved ones go beyond, Sometimes our Lord's promis for eternal life is hidden in grief and loneliness and strife, but, a sympathetic nod, a note that says, "I care", a gesture or a hand to hold will lift clouds of despair. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15. We are weeping with your family as you try to cope with this tragedy. Love Joyce, Peoria Az
angels are now with you as you left to soon. rip
Sending my sincere condolences to you. May you find comfort in all your happy memories. There is another angel in heaven
Such a brave Young, Young man! Thank you for your service. You are truly a hero. Our prayers for you and your family. Love Joyce
Sending love and light to the Caldwell and McKee families, so sorry for your loss, the sorrow is profound. RIP Brother;
Chelsea Russell, Toronto Fire Services
My sincere condolences for Robert Caldwell. May God bless the family during this time of grief. Each is a hero in the family !
My heartfelt condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss; so very grateful for your sacrifice.
My deepest condolences to the family. These times of sorrow, may be very difficult. May the God of comfort be with your family. 2 Cor. 2:3,4.
I´M Very Sorry for your lost. God bless you and your family.
Regards from Venezuela.
Stinnett Fire Department, Kentucky wishes to extend our sympathy to the family of Robert Caldwell. Our prayers are with you.
Sending you much love, and hope that you are granted strength in the coming days. Our sorrow is truly numbing, and our hearts are with you. Charlene and Mike Rathgeb, both with Toronto Fire Services, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
My condolences to the family for your loss. May you find comfort in the words found at Isaiah 14:7
My condolences GO OUT TO ROBERTS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT THIS difficult time robert is a true hero god bless
May God of all oomfort strengthen and sustain you as you slowly and gradually recover from your loss. Robert was truly a brave man. We all would agree that our appreciation is heightened. Please know that we have the promise assurance of the resurrection.
So sorry for the loss of this brave young man and his fellow HOTSHOTS.....God Bless
The thoughts and prayers of the nation are with you as you grieve the loss of your loved one. May you find some comfort in knowing that you are in the thoughts and pr
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Claire, Zion and all of Robert's family as well as the families of all the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
God Bless the Caldwell family during this difficult time. Bob is truly a hero for what he believed and for what he did.
What a profound loss for Robert's new wife, stepson and his remaining family and friends. My condolences to everyone experiencing the grief of his tragic passing. I respect, honor and appreciate Robert for the great sacrifice he made to protect others. He is a hero. May God wrap His comforting arms around all who are grieving from this tragedy. My thoughts are prayers are with you all.
I am so very sorry for your loss
What a sweet young man. I hold you you close to my heart and send you love through this tragic time and I thank you so much for sharing Robert with us. He was so very brave. Peace be with you.
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOUR LOVE ONES AND HOLD THEM IN THEIR TIME OF GRIEF
My heart goes out to all during this difficult time. Robert and Grant are true Heroes! Love, Nanette
Dave, please accept our most sincere condolences for your loss. I know how proud you were of Robert and the awesome work he was doing. Phil and the crew at AirMed 1
I am so saddened by your loss ...Our prayers are with you...
sorry four your lost iam praying four your famile god be with you joanna vincent chandler
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
may god comfort you souls at this moment .. he is with you and your family robert is now with the lord theres nothing to worry about. were praying for this family god bless you.
Heartbreaking news. I am so sorry for all of the family of these brave men. God Bless.
So very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Robert was a hero, and will never be forgotten.
God Bless your family.
All of Arizona grieves with you.
With Deep Sympathy --
Praying for you that God will comfort you and give you peace during this time of tragic loss. I didn't know these men personally, but I know they had huge hearts, and were extremely courageous to do what they did.
So very sorry for your loss. I read the story about Robert being from the Philly area. I have been here for 28 years but grew up in Philly and am still an Eagles Fan. My prayers go out to your family.
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. No words can help at this time but please remember we share in your loss. My husband, my oldest daughter, and myself are firefighters.
A hero, now an Angel.......my heart grieves for you and your family Linda.
A hero now an angel with respect and Gods hand to help you and your family cope with this
Sorry for your loss of your love one"
May The Lord give you peace .
Thank you for being a hero .
I am so sorry for the great loss that your family has sustained with the passing of Robert. Please know that your family and his friends are in my thoughts and prayers. Prescott will never forget!
Our hearts n Prayers go out to the family. God be with yal
Deepest condolences to your family & friends for the loss of your dear one; a true hero. God be with you in comfort and love as you grieve the loss of this great man. Be assured he gave his life in great honor. There is no way to thank him for his sacrifice; so in the memory of his dear passed soul I thank you, his loving family and friends. You are now his legacy. My heart is broken with you. So, so sorry for you loss.
May the Lord help you find peace in this tremendous time of trial.
Kathy & Brian Kent
Blenheim Ontario Canada
Our prayers and thoughts are with you, heros are born, not made
With sympathy to the family. Pat Martin Danville, Va.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers for your family.
We are so sorry for your loss. We send our love and prayers to you.
May you find strength in God in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
You left this earth to early. God has a plan and it was time for you to go home. When your name is spoken you will always be known as a Hero. God Bless you always and your family. Anita Martinez, New Mexico
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of these fine young men that paid the ultimate price. My prayers are with you!
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends. An honest-hearted and hard working man that was victim to time and unforeseen occurrence. May many wonderful memories bring comfort to all. May the God who gives peace be with all of you. RO 5:33
Praying for God's peace, cling to the memories!
May you find peace and strength during this sad loss.
Words can not describe the sadness we feel for you and your family. I hope you can feel the prayers all around you and find strength in them.
There are no fitting words to describe how sorry we are for this tragic loss of those who gave their lives trying to help. Our hearts go out to you. We pray that your wonderful, special memories will, in time, help to bring a measure of peace and give you strength to cope. May God "put your tears in His skin bottle" (Psalms 56: 8) and the "God of all comfort" give you comfort during this time. Our sincere condolences.
May God give you strength, peace and comfort to endure your pain. My heart weeps for you all of you.
Carol Underwood, Burlington, NC
So sorry for the loss of your loved one.
My heart breaks for the family of Robert Caldwell. I pray for God to comfort them with an everlasting peace and love.
The pain of losing a love one is something we never get use to. May the Caldwell family gain strength from God and friends, may condolences to all.
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
i can not stop thinking about these men. So heroic so amazing. i am so unbelievably sorry for your loss. I can't begin to understand what you are going through but I can only think how proud you are of the sacrafice he has made. What a brave man. Thank you so much.
my heart is broken. god bless him, and your family.
Thank you Mr. Fireman, Jan-Tempe, Az
I am sorry for your loss. He was so young. My family sends their prayers.
My deepest sympathy to the family. May you find strength in God who gives comfort to all the mourning ones. 61:2
. I am so sorry for tragic loss of Robert. Please be comforted by the fact that God cares.. He says "I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears" 2 Kings 20:5.
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Continue your watch from above :'(
Thank you for the ultimate service you have provided.