Firefighters Broke Down In Tears When Thanked By Those Impacted By The Grenfell Tower Fire

"This is incredibly moving."

This past week marked six months since the Grenfell Tower fire took the lives of 71 people in west London. The somber occasion featured an emotional service held at St Paul's Cathedral that was attended by Princes William and Harry as well as William's wife, Kate Middleton, but it was a meeting at a different church that really struck a chord with millions.

Per BuzzFeed News, during a silent walk that began outside Notting Hill Methodist Church, those impacted by the deadly blaze briefly spoke with and thanked several firefighters who were the first on the scene when the fire began. The interactions were captured by reporter Fiona Rutherford, and as you can see there was barely a dry eye in sight. 

"This is incredibly moving," wrote one Twitter user. Another added, "Shivers. The best of humanity."

According to Rutherford, the silent marches are held on the 14th of every month as a powerful way to remember the victims and ensure something like this preventable disaster never occurs again. The marches were orchestrated by the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign group, which is made up of a coalition of different community groups and leaders, and will reportedly continue each month until "justice is achieved."

In the days and weeks after the fire, many felt it could have been easily avoided. Former Grenfell resident Edward Daffarn spoke at a Chelsea council meeting about a month after the blaze and recalled how he and others had previously alerted the building's management detailing how residents' safety was at risk.

The Mirror reports in November 2016 Daffarn wrote on the Grenfell Action Group, "It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO), and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders."

As one woman who attended the march told Rutherford, "We want to make sure that this is never forgotten."

According to Business Insider, it was announced victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were allocated £28 million (about $37 million) by central government. The announcement was made last month during chancellor Philip Hammond's budget speech. The funds will reportedly go to Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council for mental health services, projects to help regenerate the affected area, and a new community space for the Grenfell United, which supports survivors.

However, despite available funds, an article in The Guardian from earlier this month stated that, according to Grenfell United, 80 percent of the families made homeless in June are still looking for somewhere to live. 

Thus, in addition to making sure a fire like this never occurs again, these silent marches remind people that those impacted by the Grenfell fire are still in need of help.

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