News Alert!!: Prescott, AZ: Memorial Service for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighters.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters who were killed while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire a week ago.
The memorial service is scheduled for 11:00am MST at Tim’s Toyota Center located at 3201 North Main Street in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Many peoples including fellow firefighters, the firefighters’ family members, city and state representatives, government officials, complete strangers, and residents from across Arizona and the nation are reportedly will be at the memorial service.
United States Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer are all expected to pay their respects to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters.
Last week, United States President Barack Obama said in a statement. “Michelle and I join all Americans in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families of these brave firefighters and all whose lives have been upended by this terrible tragedy.”
Many television affiliates will have live coverage of the memorial service for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters.
**** Live streaming news coverage of the memorial service for all 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters is at the following website addresses: ****
– Independent television station KTVK Channel 3 TV:
– CBS affiliate KPHO Channel 5:
– Fox affiliate KSAZ Channel 10:
– NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12:
– ABC affiliate KNXV Channel 15:
The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters were working to build a fire line between the wildfire and the community of Yarnell, Arizona when erratic winds suddenly shifted the fire’s direction, causing it to hook around the firefighters and cut off access to a ranch that was to be their safety zone.
The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters were killed a week ago well they were fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire which was sparked by lightning on Friday, June 28th, 2013 in Yarnell, Arizona.
** The City of Prescott, Arizona released on Tuesday the names of the fallen firefighters on Monday who put their lives on the line to save others and their community: **
– 29 year old Andrew Ashcraft
– 23 year old Robert Caldwell
– 31 year old Travis Carter
– 24 year old Dustin Deford
– 30 year old Christopher MacKenzie
– 43 year old Eric Marsh
– 21 year old Grant McKee
– 26 year old Sean Misner
– 28 year old Scott Norris
– 22 year old Wade Parker
– 24 year old John Percin
– 23 year old Anthony Rose
– 36 year old Jesse Steed
– 32 year old Joe Thurston
– 27 year old Travis Turbyfill
– 25 year old William Warneke
– 28 year old Clayton Whitted
– 21 year old Kevin Woyjeck
– 27 year old Garret Zuppiger
A fireman who belonged to the 20 person team survived because he was moving the crew’s truck.
According to the Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo, all 19 were from the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshot crew.
5 of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters killed last Sunday were from Southern California.
Kevin Woyjeck was the son of Los Angeles County Fire Captain Joe Woyjeck and was a former Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Care Ambulance Service.
Chris MacKenzie and Billy Warneke were both originally from Hemet, California.
Grant McKee grew up in Costa Mesa, California and attended Newport Harbor High School before moving to Arizona to become a Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters.
Grant McKee’s cousin, Robert Caldwell was also killed in the wildfire.
Andrew Ashcraft had lived in Orange, California and Garden Grove, California and leaves behind a wife and 4 young children.
The investigation into the tragic deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters continues and will take 2 to 3 months and the investigation team will recreate the incident from beginning to end.
**** ZachNews send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters. ****