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7/14/2013 6:01:00 AM
Letter: Honor firefighters with annual Hotshots Day


The memorial service is over. The bell was rung, "Taps" was played, and "Amazing Grace," at least for me, was an overwhelming, emotional, tearful, dignified finale to a week of remembrance and tribute to 19 plus 1 heroes.

Now the hard part - the aloneness, the memories, the private grieving and the reality of the eternal loss.

As a community, we did a magnificent job of memorializing our fallen but what about next week, next month, next year? How easily we can forget.

As a state and nation, we set aside days for animals, food, diets, things of such utter unimportance and insignificance that some of us laugh at the ridiculousness of a day set aide to honor what in reality is nothing.

I am not politically connected and do not know where to start, but will volunteer to be part of it if I knew how to, because I live by Granite Mountain.

How about designating June 30th Hotshots Day for all those who put their lives on the line for us?

How about on June 30, 2014, at the top of Granite Mountain, we dedicate a plaque, a sculpture or some memorial to forever honor our heroes?

We could name the tree that was saved the Granite Mountain Hotshot Tree or we plant 19 new trees.

We cannot bring back the fallen, be we can do something to forever perpetuate their bravery and dedication to all of us.

I am a disabled Vietnam vet and my wife and I have buried our two oldest children. We light candles every year. As in combat, we can forget the wars but never forget the warriors. Sometime soon the earth will reclaim the burned-out valley where our heroes died, and we may forget the fire, but let's never forget the heroes who ran into it to save those in harm's way. That's what heroes do - ordinary people performing extraordinary acts of courage.

Let's memorialize their courage into perpetuity.

Ken and Cari Singer


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Upset and Bewildered

I think it is a fantastic idea having a Hot Shots Day. I am upset and bewildered at the fact that the lone survivor is not getting the needed help, financially and/or emotionally. I talked with someone I consider to be a friend and they informed me that none of the monies collected are going toward his needs. Several people are trying to arrange fund raisers on his behalf. As a community we WILL pull together for him and his 2 year old daughter, but why is the 100 club not doing so?
Please help our 20th HERO as he needs it as well.

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: Josh ua

TO: "Everyday Is Hot Shot Day"
Love it!

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: In Mourning

One thing the families have going for them, their youth. In time they will rebuild their lives and move on. This is necessary for their well being and raising their children. Everyone in their lifetime loses someone in their family, friends, etc. but life goes on. Good memories and no regrets. RIP

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: P.JAI SMITH

I'm totally for the June 30th being our Hotshot Saints day!!! Lets do this, why not with both, trees & statue

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: Barbara O'Coy

Get involved in the Wildland Fire Fighters Foundation. They have done wonderful things for the Memory of those lost. And they are a fighting force to get things like Memorials and Statues going so we never forget. They have a special Club within their organization call the "52 WEEKS WE REMEMBER". For a single $1.00 a week for a year donation you will help remember those gone. Check out their web-site.

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: Ron R. Harvey

I'm for it.

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: Rich Misner

As a former USFS Hotshot crew member(Apache-Sitgreaves Heber Hotshots from way back) my heart is breaking. I agree with both posts, one about a Hotshot day and the other about "every day is Hotshot day". I applaud Prescott and all of Arizona for what we have done. Let's have a permanent memorial sometime in the future just like what happened in Glenwood Springs, Co. A place to walk or hike to and reflect. I hiked Storm King Mtn in 1995 when they did the dedication. I know anyone and everyone would want to do the same for the Granite Mtn. IHC crew. RIP my brothers

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: Everyday Is Hot Shot Day

We Shall Never Forget ~ because we'll see them everyday.
We shall see Prescott's Fallen Saints in the faces of their children.
We shall see the fire fighting of Prescott's Fallen Saints on the mountain tops and hill sides during sun sets and sun rises.
Whenever a fire truck whirls by with its siren blasting we shall remember the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Saints.
Whenever our American Flag fly's high waving in the breezes we shall be reminded of the fearless, selfless, brave, courageous, dedicated Fallen Saints of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots.
We'll drive or walk by their statue, memorial, hilltop flags, signs and billboard along the streets, parks, highways.
We'll proudly wear their shirts.
We'll be reminded of the Fallen Saints whenever we gaze at the stars in heaven or when we whisper a prayer.
When we look at their name sake, Granite Mountain, we shall be reminded.
We shall never forget because Prescott has changed forever and that within itself will be a constant reminder of the day the Saints rose above the earths floor to a restful, peaceful place.
Everyday is Hot Shot day.

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