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FIREFIGHTERS LAID TO REST YESTERDAY

 

Members of the Hot Shot crew that died while fighting the Arizona wildfire were layed to rest yesterday. 

There were a ton of VIP's in the crowd, including Homeland Secretarty and former Arizona Governer Janet Napolitano; Interior Secretary Sally Jewell; Rep. Paul Gosar; Senator John and Cindy McCain and more.

The Hotshots were killed when shifting winds led to a rapid swirl of fire that trapped them on a hillside while fighting the flames. The men deployed their emergency shelters, but they were unable to withstand the severe heat and smoke. The men died of burns and inhalation problems, an initial autopsy found.

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The bodies of the firefighters returned to Prescott on Sunday after a 125-mile procession from a Phoenix medical examiner's office through the state. A line of white hearses was greeted by thousands of people, who lined highways and overpasses with American flags.

One member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots survived the blaze. Brendan McDonough, 21, was acting as lookout for the crew. When the winds shifted over Yarnell, he warned his colleagues, but it was too late.

In a powerful conclusion to the service, McDonough recited the "Hot Shots Prayer" in memory of his fallen comrades.

It was the single biggest loss of firefighters battling a wildfire in 80 years and the most killed in any single incident since Sept. 11, 2001.

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