Dallas firefighters give thanks for article about fallen Dallas firefighter and his son

Editor’s note: The following letters were sent to Sports Columnist Doug Halberstadt in response to his Aug. 24-30 article, “Son of fallen firefighter to throw ceremonial first pitch for Texas Rangers.”


Thank you for taking the time to write about Lt. [Todd] Krodle’s son (Cade) throwing out the first pitch at the Rangers game.

The toughest part of this job is knowing that I may leave my two boys without a father. Cade is going through something that no child should ever have to go through. I pray that this event shows the respect that his daddy deserves.

Thank you again.

Steve Lopez, Captain
Dallas Fire Department

Special Operations
Grand Prairie, Texas

Mr. Halberstadt,

This is the first time I have ever written to a columnist about one of their columns. I am a Dallas firefighter and paramedic, and I was touched by your column. I want to thank you for the piece you wrote on Cade Krodle and what happened to his father, Lt. Todd Krodle. I never had the pleasure of meeting and working with Cade’s father, but I understand he was a wonderful person and a great father. His loss has certainly been a tragedy to his family, our department and the community; and although nothing can replace him, the outpouring of concern and care from everyone hopefully will comfort his family in some small way. Firefighters are considered by many to be heroes, but our wives and kids are really the heroes. They sacrifice so much. They are the ones that have to watch us walk out the door each shift, knowing in the back of their minds that there is the chance that we might not come home. Fortunately for most of us, that is rarely the case. Unfortunately for the Krodles, this time it was the case. Hopefully, this event will bring his son some comfort. Thank you for covering this.


Jon Edman
Dallas Fire Rescue
Little Elm, Texas


On behalf of the Dallas Fire Fighters Association, I would like to thank you for writing about Cade Krodle throwing out the first pitch at the Rangers game last night.

It was a great article, which I was proud to provide a link to on our website.

I wanted to provide you a link to the story that was done by our local CBS station for your viewing pleasure: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/08/27/fallen-firefighters-son-tosses-opening-pitch-at-rangers-game/.

The untimely death of Lt. Todd Krodle is a tragic story, and unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to bring him back. What we can do, and what our focus has been, is to take care of and support his family. Most especially, his two young children.

Thank you for being a part of that and telling Cade’s story.


Doug Dickerson, Vice President
Dallas Fire Fighters Association (www.dffa.org)

From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011, issue

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