Late Sunday night, we were stunned at the news that 19 firefighters had died while battling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona. Members of a Hotshot crew out of nearby Prescott, the firefighters were trained in the techniques needed to control a swiftly advancing wildfire. But while they worked to subdue the fire, the firefighters became trapped and couldn’t escape. The crew of 20 lost all but one of its members.
This tragedy is the biggest loss of firefighters since 9/11, and few incidents in U.S. history have resulted in a loss of so many firefighters at one time. As our nation grieves, Legacy.com has created resources for those who wish to express their condolences and learn more about the 19 men who gave their lives to save others. Our Arizona Firefighters memorial site includes profiles and Guest Books for each of the firefighters who died, as well as a group Guest Book for those who wish to express their condolences to all the families who lost a loved one in the fire.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with everyone who has lost a loved one in the Yarnell wildfire.