Aug 31, 2014 1:30 AM by Sam Salzwedel
TUCSON - Women who lost firefighter family members cooked for Tucson's Station 7 Saturday.
Lori Rae Barrios calls Tucson home. Her brother, Capt. Ted Hall, died fighting the Station Fire near Pasadena, California, August 30, 2009.
She went to the International Association of Firefighters memorial in Colorado Springs in 2010 when her brother was honored. That is where she met Rose Foti. Her son, Robert Foti, was one of 343 firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Foti was cooking for the families of the fallen.
"She said that the hugs, the thank yous, the smiles, the exchanges from different people," Barrios said, "they were gifts from her son."
This year, Barrios invited Foti to visit from New York. Foti agreed only if Barrios could find a firehouse where she could cook for the firefighters and their families.
"She's just simply awesome," Barrios said. "She's one of the most generous spirits that I could ever have met."
Foti did not want to be interviewed because she said the story was not about her. It was about the firefighters who died in the line of duty.
"They're angels," Barrios said. "We can't live in a civilized society without people who run into buildings that we, as other people, won't do."
Foti and Barrios are going to cook together in Colorado Springs next month. This will be the first time Barrios will return since 2010, when her brother was honored at the annual ceremony.
"In the media, we watch as the families grieve when it's raw," Barrios said. "And we don't realize that the firemen never let go of those families."