Portable shelters couldn't save 19 Arizona firefighters; 'As dark a day as I can remember'

  • Article by: FELICIA FONSECA , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 2, 2013 - 9:17 AM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — In a heartbreaking sight, a long line of vans from a coroner's office carried the bodies of 19 elite firefighters out of the tiny mountain town of Yarnell on Monday, as the wind-driven wildfire that claimed the men's lives burned out of control.

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jsun201010Jul. 1, 13 6:27 AM

Very sad indeed. Bless these heroes, their families, and the community. Rest in peace.

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mrblueskyJul. 1, 13 6:46 AM

How awful! God bless each and every one of them. That is one of the most brutal, dangerous and physically demanding jobs in the world. Thank you to every hot shot out there for the work you do! RIP

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DekroJul. 1, 13 8:36 AM

What a terrible, terrible tragedy. I dont' even want to imagine the horrific circumstances under which these true heroes died...My deepest sympathy to the families of those valorous men who gave their lives to protect others. God bless.

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elo_62Jul. 1, 1311:00 AM

I suppose we will be flying our flags at half-mast again for this. It seems our flags are lowered more than raised. People need to start to be more careful. True professionals wouldn't go in large numbers, all at once like these folks did.

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nodaker66Jul. 1, 1311:57 AM

Thoughts and Prayers go out to these brave men and women, and families. RIP and thank you for your service. Berthold F.D. PS These fine folks would have taken reasonable and calculated risks to save elo_62 too. Remember that the next time you see a Fireman or Police Officer. Thank them.

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armybratJul. 1, 1312:18 PM

What a horrific way to die. God bless these brave souls.

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elo_62Jul. 1, 13 1:28 PM

Oh, geez. Law enforcement and firefighters, etc. CHOOSE the profession that they are in. They are PAID to do the job that they do. TAXES that are paid by all including you and me go to pay their salaries. If the job is too dangerous for them then they should find a different line of work. I do not buy into the hero definition. All types of innocent, good people are lost everyday. These so-called public servants are no more noble or special than anybody else that meets a tragic end.

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maryreadJul. 1, 13 1:59 PM

And to the lone survivior, I am so sorry for your heart breaking lost. May you find comfort in knowing so many are weeping with you. Prayers/ thoughts to all.

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chocbobcaJul. 1, 13 3:30 PM

I do not think any of you nay-sayers have an even a hint of what you are talking about. Residential firefighters might fight a blaze for 1 - 8 hours with plenty of equipment and back up and rest if needed. Forest and Wildland firefighters are in the elements, sometimes with only what the can carry, and often times for several weeks fighting hell on earth. They are at the mercy of extreme terrain, threatening weather conditions, and whatever fuel that is feeding the fire. Heat conditions can cause a fire to "explode" at any time. These types of fires create their own weather conditions which can cause unpredictability. Guaranteed they did everything in their power to "save their own hides" and should not be criticized any more than our lost brave soldiers that happen upon an IED. Yes, they were doing the job they were hired to do. A job that neither you nor I would do. They go into the mouth of the dragon. Their loss is tragically sad and the individuals and their families DESERVE our respect and deepest sympathy rather than your cynicism and distain.

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selfmadeJul. 1, 13 3:43 PM

These guys/gals are amazing...Insane perhaps, but amazing nonetheless...Putting your life at risk to save people's belongings that you'll probably never meet while protecting the forests is highly commendable...RIP to those who lost their lives yesterday...

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