Prescott Honors Granite Mountain Hotshots

June 24, 2015

Prescott Honors Granite Mountain Hotshots

firefighters-killedIt was a tragedy that the community of Prescott will never forget. On June 30th, 2013, nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. The lives of these heroes were unexpectedly cut short and are still mourned and remembered.

The City of Prescott will commemorate the second anniversary of the deaths of the nineteen Granite Mountain Hotshots with a ceremony at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott on Tuesday, June 30th at 4:35 p.m.

The ceremony will begin with the posting of colors by an interagency honor guard of firefighters. The event will then observe a moment of silence at 4:42 p.m., the official time of death of the Hotshots, followed by the ringing of the courthouse bell nineteen times. Flags at all city and county facilities will be flown at half-staff.

“The Granite Mountain Hotshots not only fought wildfires across the country, they also performed invaluable fuels reduction work in our community when not engaged in fire suppression activities,” said Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. May we never forget the brave Granite Mountain Hotshots heroes who perished protecting the community of Yarnell, Arizona.

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