To his colleagues on Capitol Hill (some of them high-profile), Ed Lorenzen had a brilliant mind. During his 20-year career on the Hill, his work on the federal budget, among other roles, received high praise. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, for instance, recently stated that Lorenzen "brought unparalleled knowledge, pragmatism, and humor to his work on the federal budget." His latest role was senior advisor for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Perhaps Lorenzen's most cherished role was dad. "To his children, Ed was a real superhero," according to a statement by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. "We worked every day with a kind, loving man who cherished his three kids, bringing them to the office on occasion and lighting up in their presence and at the sound of their names."
Lorenzen's life tragically ended last month following a fire in his Rhode Island home. According to The Boston Globe, he was found clutching his two-year-old boy, Michael, "a final act of bravery from a father to a son." His other son, also home at the time of the fire, was able to save his little sister.
"It is moments like these that you realize oftentimes you spend more time with the people you work with than your own family, and they become so familiar in your daily life that you cannot imagine rounding the corner and not seeing their smile or hearing their voice," stated the Committee.
NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative sends its condolences to Lorenzen's coworkers, family, and friends.
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