By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park (Information and Press Release):
Yarnell, Arizona: Flags at all state buildings have been lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 in remembrance and honor of the 19 elite firefighters known as members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died during the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday, June 30th, 2013.
Today marks the 7 years remembrance of that deadly wildfire that took the lives of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots as well as injured over 20 people and burned about 8,400 acres, damaged or destroyed nearly 130 buildings.
The 20 man crew of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were on the frontlines of the Yarnell Hill Fire that was ignited by lightning two days earlier near the small town of Yarnell, Arizona.
Strong winds and dry conditions fueled the fire burning, spreading the fire quickly and erratically.
The Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun by the intense flames, trapped, they deployed their fire shelters.
** Remembering the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots: **
Joe Thurston, 32
Travis Turbyfill, 27
William Warneke, 25
Clayton Whitted, 28
Kevin Woyjeck, 21
Garret Zuppiger, 27
Sean Misner, 26
Scott Norris, 28
Wade Parker, 22
John Percin, 24
Anthony Rose, 23
Jesse Steed, 36
Andrew Ashcraft, 29
Robert Caldwell, 23
Travis Carter, 31
Dustin Deford, 24
Christopher MacKenzie, 30
Eric Marsh, 43
Grant McKee, 21
Brendan McDonough, 21, was the only firefighter of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who survived the deadliest wildfires in United States’ history.
Today, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tweeted, “Seven years ago, on a day AZ will never forget, 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters lost their lives protecting fellow Arizonans and their communities. Our hearts are with their families, fellow firefighters and the community of Yarnell on this solemn anniversary. #Yarnell19”
In 2016, Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park was dedicated for the public can remember the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters.
You can learn more about these brave Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighter’s lives at the following Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park website:
We will never forget the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters, and our thoughts prayers and condolences go out to their families and friends as they remember their love ones today.
May we all always give thanks to all of the brave firefighters, emergency personnel, law enforcement and emergency volunteers who rush towards danger and disasters to safe lives and protect our communities, sacrificing so much for us all; thank you for your service.