Jul 06

Memorial Service for our Arizona 19 (and ways to help fallen firefighters’ families)

yarnell iaff logo used on az19 memorial programA Memorial Service for Arizona’s fallen firefighters will be held Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Tim’s Toyota Center (3201 N Main St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The remains of the Arizona 19 will be escorted, with full Honor Guard, from Phoenix to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday, July 7. The procession is planned to begin at 11 a.m. from Phoenix and a vast majority of the route is open to the public for those who would like to pay tribute to the Arizona 19 (a.k.a. Prescott 19 or Yarnell 19).

The procession route from Phoenix to Prescott Valley can be viewed on YarnellFallenFirefighters.com

How to help the families of our fallen heroes

The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Incident Management Team would like to express their gratitude for the huge outpouring of concern from across the country. More than $800,000 has been received by three firefighter-endorsed organizations: the 100 Club of Arizona, the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, and the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.

Other similar websites have also been created, but their intent or credibility has not been verified by the Team. We encourage all donors to first check the credibility and confirm their 501C3 status before donating. Credit cards can be used for donations on the official website, and 100 percent of donations will be given to the 19 families. (Monetary donations are preferred.)  Learn more

Also, the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities is operated by Prescott firefighters, and they are ensuring 100% of any and all donations will go to the families of the fallen firefighters. No money will be diverted for administration costs, advertising, etc. The only exception is a 2.3% processing fee charged by PayPal, which is a lower fee than typical credit card transaction rates. Learn more

Yavapai College is creating a scholarship fund for the children and spouses of the 19 firefighters who died battling the wildfire in Yarnell. Officials at the Prescott school say some of the Granite Mountain Hotshots team members were Yavapai College students and many were in its fire science program. The Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship Fund will provide two-year scholarships for the community college education needs of the children and spouses of the fallen firefighters. Read more

Fire updates and On-going Investigation

InciWeb reports the Yarnell Hill Fire has reached 90% containment as of early morning July 6, 2013. Some evacuations have been lifted, and there continue to be some road closures. For updates on road closures call ADOT at 602-712-7355 or check their website or follow @ArizonaDOT on Twitter. For updates on the fire follow Yarnell Hill Fire on Facebook or @yarnellhillfire on Twitter … or visit www.azein.gov

The Yarnell Hill Investigation Team continues its investigation of the fatalities according to AZEIN. The Investigation Team consists of 8–10 investigators from around the country with expertise in several relevant aspects of fire behavior and suppression strategies and tactics. Their responsibility is to understand what happened as completely as possible and to find lessons to be learned. The team will provide periodic updates but a final report will not be available for some time. The Arizona State Forestry Division is coordinating the investigation.

1 comment

  1. itsadisaster

    As FYI, Sunday’s Honor Guard escort to return the remains of the 19 firefighters from Phoenix to Prescott Valley will now begin about 11:15 am (PDT) so I updated above.

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