The camaraderie of being a fire fighter transcends national boundaries, and those in this profession take it seriously when tragedy befalls comrades elsewhere.
That is why the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica presented a flora; offering Thursday in honor of the nine fire fighters in Argentina who died in a blaze there. The scene was at the Argentine Embassy here. Participating were Costa Rican bomberos including Héctor Chaves, director of the agency, and Martín Antonio Balza, the ambassador.
The fire fighters came from the central station in San José, and the department band was there, too.
Long-time expats will remember the line of fire fighters and trucks that rendered the same honors in 2001 at the U.S. Embassy two days after many in the New York City department died in the collapse of the twin towers.