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Ducey honors 19 firefighters who died in 2013 Arizona fire

Governor Ducey Orders Flags At Half-Staff For Fallen Deputy U.S. Marshal | Office of the Arizona Governor
Posted at 9:35 PM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 00:35:45-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor the heroism of 19 firefighters who died eight years ago battling a wildfire near Prescott.

All but one of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew members died on June 30, 2013, while fighting the lightning-caused Yarnell Hill Fire.

A memorial state park was dedicated to the fallen firefighters in 2016 in the area of the wildfire.

In a statement, Ducey said the hotshots defended Arizona communities against the flames without hesitation and "their service remains among the greatest ever known to our state."