Bodies of 19 Firefighters Killed in Yarnell Hill Fire Taken to Phoenix

Matthew Hendley
The end of the caravan heads to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner.

The bodies of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire outside of Prescott arrived in Phoenix this afternoon.

Cops, firefighters, employees of the Medical Examiner's Office, and other people stood near the Forensic Science Center at Seventh Avenue and Jefferson Street, as plain white van after plain white van passed by.

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-Granite Mountain Hotshots: How 19 Firefighters Died Battling the Yarnell Hill Fire
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-19 Firefighters Dead in Prescott-Area Yarnell Hill Fire

As autopsies on the 19 firefighters -- who were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots -- are going to be performed in Phoenix, crews are still battling the uncontained fire in Yarnell and nearby Peeples Valley, which already has destroyed homes and other structures.

It's not yet clear exactly how the 19 firefighters got caught in the blaze. Authorities have said that all 19 deployed individual fire shelters, which are supposed to be used as a "last resort" for wildland firefighters.

Matthew Hendley

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: The names of the 19 firefighters have been released:

  • Andrew Ashcraft, 29
  • Robert Caldwell, 23
  • Travis Carter, 31
  • Dustin Deford, 24
  • Christopher MacKenzie, 30
  • Eric Marsh, 43
  • Grant McKee, 21
  • Sean Misner, 26
  • Scott Norris, 28
  • Wade Parker, 22
  • John Percin, 24
  • Anthony Rose, 23
  • Jesse Steed, 36
  • Joe Thurston, 32
  • Travis Turbyfill, 27
  • William Warneke, 25
  • Clayton Whitted, 28
  • Kevin Woyjeck, 21
  • Garret Zuppiger, 27

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I am deeply grateful to the hot shot crews who  battle blazes all over the southwest. They are very brave and good at what they do. These men and all those who fight fires deserve our  thanks. My  heartfelt condolences to the families of the 19 who lost their lives. The bravest of the brave.

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brave men who died doing what few others could do. true american hero's and admirable men. my condolences to their loved ones


I'm glad to see that the received the tribute that they deserved even though that doesn't diminish the tragedy of the loss.

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