San Francisco Black Firefighter's Association

In Memorium

This page is dedicated to all of those firefighters and their families who have lost loved ones, whether it be in the line of duty or the process of everyday life. Our hearts go out to you.

  1. Firefighter Jalal Aineb
    Firefighter Jalal Aineb
    September 28, 1962 - March 8, 2017
    Duty-Related Death
  2. Firefighter Denise Ardith Elarms
    Firefighter Denise Ardith Elarms
    January 14, 1959 - April 14, 2016
    Duty-Related Death
  3. Inspector Leonard J. Roberts, Jr.
    Inspector Leonard J. Roberts, Jr.
    June 2, 1940 - August 12, 2011
  4. Captain James A. Dunson (ret.)
    Captain James A. Dunson (ret.)
    January 1 1946 – May 23 2009
  5. Lieutenant Michael  Andre Cotton (ret.)
    Lieutenant Michael Andre Cotton (ret.)
    May 15 1948 – February 27 2007
  6. Firefighter/Paramedic Da’Rand Ashanti Shariah, J.D.
    Firefighter/Paramedic
    Da’Rand Ashanti Shariah, J.D.
    June 7 1959 – January 2005
  7. Battalion Chief Rod Bennett (ret.)
    Battalion Chief Rod Bennett (ret.)
    February 9 1947 - December 15 2001
  8. Firefighter Deborah Anne Hall
    Firefighter Deborah Anne Hall
    June 4 1955 – July 4 1998
  9. Lieutenant Jerry Eugene Butler
    Lieutenant Jerry Eugene Butler
    July 2, 1954 – August 17, 1993
    Line of Duty Death

A Mother's Loss

Hartle Mae Bennett, Mother to Battalion Chief Rod Bennett
September 27, 2002

A mother's loss is a heavy burden to bear
You bring a child into this world
And suddenly your child is not there

The harshness of reality can be so complicated
To hold in your arms someone you created

Why should I live to see my child die?
The natural way of things
Would be for my child to watch me lie

Sleeping in the eternal bliss
The family tree will sprout new limbs from my seed
Knowing that I shall live through their heart and minds
And never be missed
A mother love is what every child needs

Now I stand over you my sweet child
Looking at your face as if it was the first
And knowing it to be the last
I reach for your hand…
It is cold to my touch
How much of this can I stand?
I love you so much

Yes, a mother's loss is a heavy burden to bear
From this dream she must awaken
She must find the strength
To move forward for her child's siblings

Yes, a mother dies a little when her child is taken

To the Bennett Family, Thank You for your Son, Husband, Father, Uncle, and Friend.
Kevin Smith