Memorial Service Held for Granite Mountain Hotshots

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Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos via Twitter
The memorial, inside Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
A memorial service for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire is under way in Prescott Valley.

Vice President Joe Biden, Governor Jan Brewer, and thousands of members of the public showed up to remember the 19 men.

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According to a program for the memorial service, Brendan McDonough, the lone survivor of the firefighting crew, is going to read a prayer at the service.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos via Twitter

The program for the memorial also includes biographies of each of the 19 men killed in the blaze, so click over to the next page of this post to read those, if you haven't already.

There's an ongoing investigation into the events that led up to the firefighters' deaths.

A preliminary report included little more than, "Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were entrapped when flames overran their position on June 30. Eyewitnesses state that fire behavior was extreme with heavy winds. The crew of 19 deployed fire shelters late Sunday afternoon but did not survive."

Read the memorial program on the next page.

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danzigsdaddy topcommenter

not a fan of Brewer or Biden, but thankful that they spoke with elegance and compassion for these fine young men 


Probably weren't many dry eyes in the state when they played Taps. I know mine weren't. 

These young men were true HEROES.


"I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine."

- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


No, didn't knw any of them personally but I do know what it feels like to lose someone you considered a "brother" as many of my fellow Vietnam Veterans do.

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