Jim Keenan of Silver Spring, Maryland, opened Independence Day, July 4, 2013, with this tribute about the Yarnell fire tragedy: “As we remember soldiers who served and died on the Fourth, let’s also think about First Responders, police and firefighters who serve and all too often give their lives.”
Here are some of the words others have left on the “R.I.P 19 firefighters killed in Arizona Yarnell Hill fire” Facebook page.
April L Phillips ~ My heart hurts for them.
Regina Dergan ~ I am lost for words. I just hope their families can find a way to go on. R.I.P, brave men.
Star Watkins ~ So young, such a tragedy. God bless these guys and bring peace to their families. These are heroes.
Norah Ward ~ True heroes. I hope their families are well taken care of financially, although nothing will ever compensate them for such a devastating loss. Assured a place in heaven. RIP.
Una Sibley ~ God’s Angel Heroes.
Dean Howells ~ RIP, Brothers.
Ron Billingsley ~ Being a firefighter myself, this struck a deep chord with me.
Jessica Stacy ~ I’ve got family who are firefighters, and every time they go out, I pray my heart out to let them put the fire out and let them come home safe….
Mary Ellen Suffecool Snyder ~ As the mom of a firefighter, my heart aches for 19 moms.
Liz Mitchell ~ My son is a firefighter and I know how the heartache feels. We all need to support the young man who survived. His path will be long and hard.
Nancy Hausauer ~ American heroes. RIP. ”
And if according to Your will
I have to lose my life,
Please bless with Your protecting hand
My children and my wife.”
– Fireman’s Prayer
Rest in Peace.
- Andrew Ashcraft, 29
- Kevin Woyjeck, 21
- Anthony Rose, 23
- Eric Marsh, 43
- Christopher MacKenzie, 30
- Robert Caldwell, 23
- Clayton Whitted, 28
- Scott Norris, 28
- Dustin Deford, 24
- Sean Misner, 26
- Garret Zuppiger, 27
- Travis Carter, 31
- Grant McKee, 21
- Travis Turbyfill, 27
- Jesse Steed, 36
- Wade Parker, 22
- Joe Thurston, 32
- William Warneke, 25
- John Percin, 24
For more on the hearts and lives of the brave members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, see the retrospective article in the Christian Science Monitor.
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