Let's use our grief to generate action: Fire deaths are preventable if cities do their job

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On Jan. 13, a building in St. Louis’ Hamilton Heights neighborhood caught fire. Firefighters were dispatched and went inside to search for trapped inhabitants. During that search, the building’s roof collapsed, and St. Louis firefighter Ben Polson was killed, pinned by burning debris.

Every firefighter lost in the line of duty is a tragedy, but Polson’s death hit the city especially hard. He was a second-generation firefighter, and he had been with the department for just two years.

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