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6/30/2013 7:20:00 PM
19 Prescott firefighters die in Yarnell Hill fire
Conrad Jackson/Courtesy photo
Conrad Jackson/Courtesy photo
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - The Prescott Fire Department lost nearly its entire crew today - the Granite Mountain Hotshots - with 19 firefighters dying.

A Prescott Fire spokesman told The Daily Courier the crew was battling the Yarnell fire, which has resulted in evacuations as it has grown to an estimated 1,300 acres in size.

A report of eight injured firefighters earlier in the evening was unconfirmed.

The spokesman declined to release firefighters' identities.

Further information was unavailable.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter opened a shelter on the Prescott campus of Yavapai College Sunday for displaced residents. Expecting large numbers, Red Cross Chapter Communications Officer Trudy Thompson-Rice said plans are already under way to open a second shelter closer to Yarnell.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Specialist Anthony J. Palermo said structures were burning as of Sunday night, but could not confirm how many structures were burned.

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• State Forestry reports details of Yarnell Hill fire's fatal afternoon
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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Article comment by: Dorothy Norris

Unfortunately there is a lot of jobs that is dangerous and involve a lot of risk, firefighting is one of them. Your lost is everyone lost, without you we would be a hot mess. The lost is felt threw out the Nation.

May your brothers rest in peace, you are in my prays.

Much Luv

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Zachary Rowe

Our hearts are extremely heavy tonight and deeply saddened by the terrible loss of these courageous 19 firefighters. Even though we are miles away, we are there in spirit and wish we could be there right now to support our community the way they did for Zachary. Our heartfelt prayers go out for the families and friends of these 19 phenomenal people. Also, our thoughts and prayers for the fine folks in Yarnell and nearby. We hope to see you in the coming months, Love, Michelle Peters, Cabot Peters Jr and Zach Rowe.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Lorri Brown

My prayers and thoughts go out to the 19 lost, their families and everyone hurting in Yarnell.
As a long time Prescott resident, I always feared the fires in the mountains. I'm deeply sadden by this great loss for so many.
I was able to see the Procession today on Grand Ave. as their bodies past and I prayed for each of them....RIP..

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Joanne and Doug Heydon

We pray for the souls of your "19" and ask our Lord to watch over the lone survivor to help him get through this tragedy..he will need all our prayers. Our hearts break for their families, friends, the Prescott community, and those fellow firefighters who are left behind. Clallam County Fire District 3's , Sequim WA. family sends their heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Laird Abbott

There are now 19 angels watching over us. The Granite Mountain Hotshots answered their last call with honor doing what they do best, helping others.

I spent 4 years in Prescott as a college student at Embry-Riddle in the early 1990s. The Prescott FD welcomed this New Jersey volunteer firefighter into their midst and made me feel as though I was one of their own.

My heart broke at the news. Words cannot express the respect I have for each of these fine firefighters. May those of us who continue to fight fire be ever mindful of their sacrifice.

May they rest in peace and may their families know the peace of God's love in the weeks and months ahead.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Kunow

This tragic event has touched the hearts of so many here in Alaska. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and extended community.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Joanne and Doug Heydon

Our hearts are broken at the loss of precious life of your "19", their families, friends, fellow Prescott firefighters, the Prescott Community, and for the burden the lone survivor will carry...we hope God watches over him especially as he tries to get through this painful time. And that he knows he remains for a reason... We pay for the souls of those brave men, that they know how much even strangers love them and wish their ultimate sacrifices were not made. They are all now in the living hands of God.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Parker Anderson

My strong condolences to the families of our heroic firefighters! Let us also remember the displaced of Yarnell, many of whom have lost everything they own, and keep them in our prayers as well.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Wheeler

Blessings, thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and fellow firefighters of the 19 young men lost. May peace settle over all.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Sharron Marshall

They gave the ultimate prayers to the family & friends of these brave individuals!

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Elizabeth McNabb

Just devastating - I say we should cancel the fireworks and donate the $$ to the victims families.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: John Picha

RIP.... Hot Shots.... Prescott, AZ

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Marianne Joseph

So sad.I am so sorry for the loss of the Granite Hot Shots.Prayers go out to the familes and friends. God Bless and Keep You All Safe.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: David Jordan

As a former Prescott resident, I am sure that I must have known some of these brave men. My wife and I can only pray for them, and their families, at this tragic time.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Helen McDowell

In memory of the 19 firefighters, wouldn't it be a fitting tribute if the Frontier Days Parade would honor them by declaring them honorary grand marshals and having 19 riderless horses lead the parade?

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Kathleen Cupp

This is from Cottonwood, Calif. So very sorry about your lose. You all are in our prayers. You have loving arms around you. These crew members will be greatly missed.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Cole Banner

I wrote this on 9/11/2001 to honor the FDNY lost. I can only hope that the families of those lost in AZ find some comfort in it....

The Speed of Darkness

by Capt. Cole Banner
Allen (TX) Fire Rescue

Today's the darkest day we've known,

in all our days of glory...

as we say goodbye to some of our own,

a brave, heroic story.

The prayers that we've prayed,

and the dragons we've slayed,

when duty calls upon us,

are not forgotten by those left behind,

a brotherhood we trust.

What's left to say when heroes fall?

When all gave some...and some gave all.

They're heroes in a hero's dreams,

now they've made their last alarm it seems.

Through sheets of heat and walls of flame,

they knew the risks... but still they came.

To the nineteen.......

Copyright © 2001

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Bowden

Tom Von Deck: Please post what we can do if we cannot attend that specific event. Perhaps other places for donations? My condolences to the families of the brave men lost.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: John Citizen

We can only hope for rain throughout the state, a lot of rain.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Donald Teel

This tragedy is beyond mere words and it goes beyond our human ability to comprehend. However, the families affected by the fire should know our love, prayers and support will become evident in the days, weeks and months that are ahead. God bless our fire fighters and thank God for their amazing courage.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Firefighter's Charities

If you would like to help the families of these firefighters, please consider donating. You can donate on the Prescott Firefighter's Charities website at

100% of any funds donated will go directly to the families of the fallen firefighters.

Donate here:

Your support is very much appreciated. Please help pass the word.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Cathy Higgins

There are no words. The entire community is mourning this horrific loss. My heart aches for the families that have lost their loved one. God Bless you all!

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Lonette Zavala Pope

My heart goes out to the families, especially their spouses and children, of these brave heroes who fought the battle to save homes and the community from further danger. May God protect them and comfort them during this difficult time of loss, sorrow and grief. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: Judy Sultzer

There are no words to adequately express my sorrow at this loss. I am praying for their families. May God watch over all these brave men and women. My brother is a Hot Shot out of NM and may be there helping. Lets all pray for some rain and cooler weather too!

Posted: Monday, July 01, 2013
Article comment by: MY HEART IS ACHING


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