See major update near the end of the post!
Isiah Factor Uncensored has learned the city of Houston is going after the families of at least four dead Houston firefighters.
This comes as a private attorney has been hired by the city to file liens against the families and or estates of  Mathew Renaud, Robert Bebee, Anne Sullivan, Robert Garner, and Robert Yarborough.
Yarborough survived the 2013 Southwest Inn fire but also sustained serious injuries.
The liens filed on behalf of the city seeks on average $20,000 per family.
The hired attorney is also hoping to recoup $50,000 from the survivor – Robert Yarbrough.
The city is hoping to get that money from possible settlements and judgements from lawsuits the families have filed against several private companies they believe had a role in their loved ones deaths.
Why file these liens against the family of fallen firefighters?
We’re told the city of Houston wants to be reimbursed for medical and ambulance services they provided on the scene of the hotel fire before the firefighters died.
Attorney Ben Hall, who represents many of the fallen firefighters’ families, limited what he would say on the case but he confirmed the city has moved forward with the liens.
President of the Houston Professional Firefighters Association, Marty Lancton, describes the legal action by the city as disgusting.
You will hear more from Lancton on Isiah Factor tonight at 10:30 pm on Fox 26.
A spokesperson for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office says they’re working on a statement.
The attorney who filed the lien on behalf of the city has not yet responded to our call for a comment.  (Late Wednesday night that attorney sent me and text and said he would be willing to chat with me so stay tuned.)

The city of Houston issued this statement late Wednesday evening:

In response to questions about alleged liens against the estates of Houston firefighters:

“The City is not pursuing recovery on any lien from anyone in this case.”
Thank you,

Mary Benton
Press Secretary
Office of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Meanwhile, Ben Hall the attorney representing the deceased firefighters families says if the city isn’t actually pursuing the liens then that’s ‘new’ and good news to him… Hall made it clear and has the documentation showing the proposed negotiations for reducing the liens.  He also made it clear he was told by an attorney representing the city that under Texas labor code and case law that the families would have to pay significantly more for medical and ambulance services their loved ones received at the scene of the 2013 fire.


  1. Anonymous July 11, 2018 8:13 pm 

    What’s wrong with this picture mayor. Why the firefighter that die protecting us.

  2. William Glines July 11, 2018 8:23 pm 

    The people trying to protect us are the ones on trial. Hang all police.

    • Anonymous July 12, 2018 12:04 am 

      You make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    • Anonymous July 12, 2018 12:05 am 

      Are you an idiot? What does the police have to do with this?

    • Anonymous July 12, 2018 7:00 am 

      Hang all police? Law enforcement has nothing to do with this. Take your “fuck the police” attitude somewhere else. This is not the time or place. This is about the fallen firefighters and their families.

    • Sabrina Gonzales July 12, 2018 7:01 am 

      Hang all police? Law enforcement has nothing to do with this. Take your “fuck the police” attitude somewhere else. This is not the time or place. This is about the fallen firefighters and their families.

    • Pnagler July 12, 2018 7:18 am 

      What is that supposed to mean? The police are in the same boat as firefighters. They have officers not receiving medical procedures because the city denied the claims. Take that bad attitude against police and stick it(you know where)

    • Christine M. Lund July 12, 2018 11:39 pm 

      Everyday good men and women go protect us all across the nation. 24/7, they go to work to protect us. If a few, here and there are not honorable, we will have to weed them out. But you better thank God for them because they are the thin blue line that keeps us safe. We can do this by teaching our children to be good citizens. I will say that I know blind hate and prejudice exists all around and fight it daily. But God bless our first responders.

    • Anonymous July 13, 2018 8:23 am 

      This has nothing to do with the police and everything to do with bureaucrats and lawyers.

    • Anonymous July 13, 2018 10:10 am 

      You’re an idiot.

    • NEIL HINES July 13, 2018 12:23 pm 

      They are not, police. They are FIREMEN!

    • Anonymous July 14, 2018 9:28 am 

      Go fuck yourself. It’s sad that people like you even have a voice. You want to hang people who first off have nothing to do with this. People who risk their lives daily the moment they put on their uniform. I hope that when you call 911 for whatever problem you have, and they come to save you, that you wake the fuck up. You ignorant fucking shit head

  3. J July 11, 2018 9:36 pm 

    Maybe the mayor should not be spending money on parties and 4th of July fireworks. That would save thousands

  4. Anonymous July 11, 2018 9:56 pm 

    This is wrong! These Men lost there life protecting others. Houston needs to have some decency.

  5. Cathi Brockman July 11, 2018 11:10 pm 

    You’ve GOT to be kidding me?!? Are you freaking serious?? LEAVE THOSE FAMILIES ALONE!!

  6. Isidor Meza July 11, 2018 11:19 pm 

    What does the Mayor have to say? He came out on the news pondering on what the government is do if with the children if the illegal immigrants yet he is working on a statement regarding the city of Houston trying to get back money from the fallen firefighters . Yep, the mayor is a back stabber and shows no concern for its own.

  7. Thomas Gehring July 11, 2018 11:24 pm 

    How much is the city paying this private attorney? That money could be saved.

  8. Anonymous July 11, 2018 11:33 pm 

    Wow! Insane they died protecting your city. GOD does not sleep.

  9. Jeannie Walker July 11, 2018 11:35 pm 


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  11. Fellow Protector July 11, 2018 11:42 pm 

    Why hang all police because the “mayor” has ordered this legal action not the police. I’m sure if you ask any of the police officers they would be just as discussed as we are.

  12. John A July 11, 2018 11:43 pm 

    Mayor Turner, you know this isn’t right! Step up, apologize and end the recovery attempt. Let the families of our fallen heroes move on.

  13. Susan Doyle July 11, 2018 11:51 pm 

    WOW!!! Just WOW!!! Really Mayor Turner??? Firefighters put their lives on the line every day and this is how you treat them and their families? It’s a sad day in Houston when you have to go after the families of fallen firefighters.

  14. Appalled Citizen July 12, 2018 2:00 am 

    Is it just me or is the response from Turner’s office lacking something? They aren’t denying a lien was threatened or expectation of payment , just stating they aren’t “pursuing a lien.” The Mayor owes the citizens and HFD a better response and explanation of what on earth they were thinking and why these liens were even discussed. If the City wants the settlement monies, then they should get their own lawsuit against the private companies, not take advantage of broken families.
    Imagine how current HFD, HPD and other city workers feel knowing that the city might come after their family to pay for emergency services following an on-the-job death. Or is it just isolated to these families because they won settlements and City feels they deserve a cut. Great moral booster COH!

    • Anonymous July 12, 2018 10:57 am 

      Appalled citizen, Exactly what I think.
      This is the most insensitive situation our mayor could do. Shame Shane Shane on our city!!!
      Lynne Cantrell

  15. Ron Ayotte July 12, 2018 5:17 am 

    The City of Houston should be ashamed… these firefighters died in the line of duty protecting the citizens of the city. Their families went through enough emotional trauma of losing their loved ones, only to have the wounds torn open again by a callous city administration.

    We all know the reason the city of Houston is dropping this….

    Thank you Isiah Carey for exposing this travesty!!

  16. barbara July 12, 2018 5:32 am 

    SHAME ON YOU CITY OF HOUSTON. I have always been proud of this city however i guess that depends on if someone with a heart is in charge . God os watching .leave those folks alone.

  17. C woods July 12, 2018 6:09 am 

    Omg, I don’t know why, but this mayor seems to be in denile when it comes to Houston’s fire department. Their equipment is old and falling apart, trucks break down on the way to fires, he can’t findnit in the budget to get them a better raise, but the police department gets one (which is deserved also) and now to add insult to injury, he allows this to go on. Wow, hope he never needs the HFD to come to his rescue!

  18. Anonymous July 12, 2018 6:20 am 

    I actually hope these families turn around and sue the City of Houston for emotional distress and mental anguish. I would like to see how may fallen police officers whom received life saving medical care on scene that received a 20,000-50,000 bill afterwards. Or for that matter firefighters before them……NONE!!! Counter sue them big!!!!

  19. Kristal July 12, 2018 6:22 am 

    I actually hope these families turn around and sue the City of Houston for emotional distress and mental anguish. I would like to see how may fallen police officers whom received life saving medical care on scene that received a 20,000-50,000 bill afterwards. Or for that matter firefighters before them……NONE!!! Counter sue them big!!!!

  20. Anonymous July 12, 2018 7:30 am 

    That is bs those families deserved this month for there loss.

  21. Jon T July 12, 2018 8:30 am 

    This action by the city of Houston is atrocious. Lawyers just prove to me once again to be bottom dwelling scum just like most politicians. I bet that the mayor and most of city council are Democrats to, so much for being the so called friends of labor. These four brave firefighters paid the ultimate price working for the city and the citizens of Houston and this is how they are repaid.

  22. Pete Jones July 12, 2018 9:03 am 

    Tell that dumb ass mayor When you mess with firefighters and plays with fire, what to you think happens.

  23. Cindy B July 12, 2018 9:43 am 

    Shameful. Your vote counts. Next election is November 9, 2019.

  24. J Mel July 12, 2018 9:54 am 

    Well Mayor Turner, it’s politicians like you and the bottom feeder lawyers you’re connected with, that make people so disgusted. Those FireFighters gave the ultimate sacrifice to the citizens of Houston yet you just can’t let the families mourn the loss of their loved ones. Suck it up Turner! God Bless the Souls of those departed Heroes and God Bless the members of their families and the Houston Fire Dept.

  25. Bill July 12, 2018 9:57 am 

    So the City was wanting to get reimbursed for the costs it paid to ahve firefighters treated for on the job injuries? I would think given these firefighters were either killed or injured on the job, that the city would be paying out to the families based on the actuarial tables at the very least.

  26. Bob. July 12, 2018 10:15 am 

    It appears the future of firefighting in Houston will be to stand back and spray water protecting exposures and taking no chances of being injured. No more rushing in to save possible victims or provide offensive firefighting techniques. Under the circumstances described, I wouldn’t blame the fire fighters at all.

  27. Robert OBrien July 12, 2018 12:35 pm 

    This is disgusting! Didn’t the FF Union back this Mayor in the election. When are you going to stop putting these leftist idiots in office.

  28. Linda July 12, 2018 12:37 pm 

    This is wrong those families have suffer enough. City needs a new mayor and city council who cares about the city of Houston and the ones protect the people of Houston. And not wants in it for there gain.

  29. Dsmez July 12, 2018 12:44 pm 


  30. Lolis July 12, 2018 1:50 pm 

    Vote Turner out! VOTE HIM OUT! VOTE HIM OUT!

  31. Pamela July 12, 2018 6:12 pm 

    As the mother of a firefighter, I am sickened by such frivolous law suit bulls*it!!!! Shame on all involved!

  32. Sam Hallows July 12, 2018 7:29 pm 

    This is disgustingly outrageous! Our family consists of many volunteer firefighters, and the thought of them being a firefighter in Houston would be horrendous, as I would never want their families to be put into this shameful situation after they sacrificed their lives!!!
    Disgraceful Houston!!!!

  33. Scott A Souder July 13, 2018 2:50 am 

    It may seem harsh, but it is the law. If there are damages awarded the city does have the right under the law to be reimbursed for any of it’s expenses out of those awards. They don’t have to pursue the matter, and shouldn’t, but that seems to have slipped through the cracks on this one.

  34. Anonymous July 13, 2018 5:27 pm 

    Uhhhh……even if there were significant expenses incurred during these firefighters traumatic event AT WORK…….wouldn’t workmans comp cover everything since they were on the job injuries? Something doesn’t smell right here…..

  35. Ron white July 13, 2018 9:01 pm 

    Oh my gosh!!!! You would Sylvester had Shelia Jackson Lee back on council.

  36. A Texas conservatve July 14, 2018 5:35 am 

    This is what happens when you elect Democrats who abuse their authority against the masses. You already had a previous mayor and attorney violate against peoples protected civil rights with abuse of authority and yet your surprised at this. Elect conservatives and things like this wont happen.

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