Spouses of firefighters sit at tables at the union hall preparing thirty-thousand ribbons to hand out at Wednesday's memorial to the fallen. The black and gold ribbons are merely a visual reminder of the invisible ribbons that tie these women together..
"There's no words to describe the support, the sisterhood, friendship we're all trying to stick together." says Jennifer Garza, her voice trembling.
"Seeing guys come in and out all day and really support each other.. guy you know who are really strong guys and seeing them break down.. it's just really hard." Said Kim Eckert with tears welling in her eyes.
They didn't chose the colors at random. They are the colors of the international firefighters union. and at that memorial service there will be firefighters from around the country. Don't be surprised if you see crews from other countries as well. Firefighters are like that, a big fraternity or even family if you prefer.
These are not the only ribbons binding people together emotionally after this tragedy.
The Sharpstown Civic Association put up wreaths at the neighborhood entrance.. right across from station 51... then they wrapped red and blue ribbons around the trees on the median..
"The folks around here have taken a real sucker punch to the gut.. They're really devastated by the news." said association Jim Bigham.
Devastated because for so many of them like Bobbie Kahanek these firefighters weren't abstractions, but real flesh and blood real people that they knew, in some cases since their childhood.
"I used to come and get my bike inspected. I'd cheat. .scrape off the inspection sticker and come back the following week and come hang out with the guys.. Do our tours here.. they've been in my home.. They've been on my street.. they've been in my life." she said.