3 Fallen Firefighters Were Expectant Dads

14 of the men were in their 20s

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 2, 2013 12:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – More than a thousand people gathered in Prescott, Ariz., yesterday to mourn 19 firefighters who died battling an out-of-control wildfire. Speakers including Rep. Trent Franks praised the men for their heroism and sacrifice, the AP reports. Authorities have now released the names of the 19 victims, 14 of whom were in their 20s and three of whom were expectant fathers, reports the New York Daily News. Two of the men had followed their fathers into the fire service.

The Yarnell Hill blaze—which is still burning out of control—almost completely wiped out the Granite Mountain Hotshots unit based in Prescott, the Telegraph reports. The sole survivor was moving the crew's truck when winds shifted and sent the flames toward his colleagues. "He feels terribly, and we all feel terribly, and we have very few words that express that sort of sorry," the town's fire chief says. "When you take a person in your arms and hug 'em, you know, you don't have to say too much." The Arizona Diamondbacks plan to wear a patch on their uniform for the rest of the season to honor the men. Arizona politicians joined in the mourning via social media, Politico adds, with Gov. Jan Brewer calling it "as dark a day as I can remember."

A woman hugs a firefighter as they wait to go inside for a memorial service in Prescott, Arizona yesterday.
A woman hugs a firefighter as they wait to go inside for a memorial service in Prescott, Arizona yesterday.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Firefighters embrace during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew firefighters who were killed Sunday.
Firefighters embrace during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew firefighters who were killed Sunday.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Firefighters gather during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring their 19 fellow firefighters killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday.
Firefighters gather during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring their 19 fellow firefighters killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Firefighters Kayla Garst, left, and Darce Knight react during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.
Firefighters Kayla Garst, left, and Darce Knight react during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Levi Weinberger, right, raises his hand with others to indicate he knew a firefighter who was killed during a memorial service for 19 firefighters, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.
Levi Weinberger, right, raises his hand with others to indicate he knew a firefighter who was killed during a memorial service for 19 firefighters, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)
Firefighters gather in an embrace to a standing ovation during a memorial service for 19 firefighters, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.
Firefighters gather in an embrace to a standing ovation during a memorial service for 19 firefighters, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)
Firefighters embrace during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring their 19 fellow firefighters.
Firefighters embrace during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring their 19 fellow firefighters.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
A woman reacts as the national anthem is sung at the start of a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.
A woman reacts as the national anthem is sung at the start of a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Mayer fire department chaplain Rev. Bob Ossler, reacts during a memorial service for 19 wildland firefighters, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.
Mayer fire department chaplain Rev. Bob Ossler, reacts during a memorial service for 19 wildland firefighters, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Firefighters embrace during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring their 19 fellow firefighters killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday.
Firefighters embrace during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring their 19 fellow firefighters killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Firefighters wait to go inside for a memorial service in Prescott, Ariz., Monday, July 1, 2013.
Firefighters wait to go inside for a memorial service in Prescott, Ariz., Monday, July 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Mourners embrace during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday.
Mourners embrace during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
The Bragg family gathers near a makeshift memorial at the fire station in Prescott, Ariz.
The Bragg family gathers near a makeshift memorial at the fire station in Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)
Maggie Greenwood adds flowers to a makeshift memorial at the fire station  in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based.
Maggie Greenwood adds flowers to a makeshift memorial at the fire station in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace)
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