Memorial service honors 19 fallen Arizona firefighters

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memorialPRESCOTT, AZ – For many, it was a final farewell in Prescott, Arizona. As funeral arrangements are being made, a town came together to honor the 19 firefighters who died while battling a massive blaze in the Yarnell Hill fire.

Among those paying respects: Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain.

The firefighters, affectionately known as “The Prescott 19,” were killed June 30th when a gust of wind changed directions, engulfing them in flames. Only one man from the elite crew survived.

“Realization will set in, at the same time folks will know what they have to do. So we’re working forward,” said Prescott mayor Marlin Kuykendall.

And as a symbol of solidarity, a statue which usually stands at an airport in Boise, Idaho, was shipped to Arizona for the memorial service. Houston firefighters were in attendance, too. An event all too painful for them.

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