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Service honors 19 Hotshots killed in Arizona fire

Posted: July 9, 2013 11:29 a.m.
Updated: July 9, 2013 11:29 a.m.

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Thousands of firefighters from around the nation are paying their final respects at a memorial for 19 members of an elite Arizona Hotshot crew killed in a wildfire June 30.

Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also are at Tuesday's memorial in a packed arena in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

The sole survivor of the 20-man crew is slated to recite what's called "The Hot Shot's Prayer." Brendan McDonough was serving as a lookout and wasn't in the immediate burn zone when the other firefighters died.

The 19 men from the Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun by a wind-driven wildfire in Yarnell about 30 miles from the crew's home base in Prescott. Their deaths were the largest loss of firefighters in the nation since Sept. 11, 2001.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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