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.”
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.