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http://dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=120733

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/22726613/2013/06/30/yarnell-hill-wildfire-grows-to-almost-1000-acres

I drove through Yarnell on Friday evening, just after seeing Thernlund in Phoenix. I saw a lot of lightning hitting the hill while driving through and today there have been constant flights of slurry bombers headed that direction, but this degree of loss just comes as a total shock. I don't even know what to say.  :'(

Pray for their families, all the men and women still fighting the blaze, and the folks whose homes are at risk.


« Last Edit: July 01, 2013, 09:19:28 pm by JesseL »
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    Re: My local Fire Dept just lost 19 Firefighters
    « Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 12:17:04 am »
    Damn....nineteen.    I can't imagine what it's like for that department.

      Fires can change dang fast, I've seen it, however to catch nineteen people.... :vomit

    I'm with the local volunteer fire department and can't imagine something like that.
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    Re: My local Fire Dept just lost 19 Firefighters
    « Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013, 12:18:39 am »
    I am stunned. A couple of my best friends are firefighters despite the rivalry between them and LEO's. I couldn't imagine losing that many good guys nor what the families are going through.
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    Re: My local Fire Dept just lost 19 Firefighters
    « Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013, 12:22:18 am »
    I just caught that on the news.

    Prayers out for everyone involved.

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    Re: My local Fire Dept just lost 19 Firefighters
    « Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013, 01:45:28 am »
    Yeah, I'll be the first guy to make fun of a firefighter, but it's the affectionate, interservice rivalry sort of way. This is tragic.

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    Re: My local Fire Dept just lost 19 Firefighters
    « Reply #5 on: July 01, 2013, 01:47:54 am »
    Just read about this on KSL.com, terrible tragedy. I lived in Prescott for 7 years and hate to hear about something like this happening.

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    Re: My local Fire Dept just lost 19 Firefighters
    « Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013, 09:00:53 am »
    We are diminished. RIP brothers and sisters.

    Wildfires are creepy as hell. All you have if you get burned over is the shake'n'bake shelter...
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    Re: My local Fire Dept just lost 19 Firefighters
    « Reply #7 on: July 01, 2013, 11:05:48 am »
    Just saw the news. This is a tremendous tragedy.
    God rest their souls and grant strength and comfort to the families left behind.
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    Re: My local Fire Dept just lost 19 Firefighters
    « Reply #8 on: July 01, 2013, 08:15:45 pm »
    I just finished reading Young Men and Fire last week (a great book) and this has incident has hit me harder than I can even describe.
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    Re: My local Fire Dept just lost 19 Firefighters
    « Reply #9 on: July 01, 2013, 08:36:19 pm »
    When I saw the headline I thought you meant laid off (or RIFed or whatever they call it these days) then I followed the link.  That really sucks.
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    Re: 19 Firefighters from my local Fire Dept died in the line of duty
    « Reply #10 on: July 01, 2013, 10:20:02 pm »
    And just as heroic are those who are still there and will gear up and go back at it, hard as ever, despite the fear and anger and grief.
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    Re: 19 Firefighters from my local Fire Dept died in the line of duty
    « Reply #11 on: July 01, 2013, 10:38:50 pm »
    We are diminished. RIP brothers and sisters.

    Wildfires are creepy as hell. All you have if you get burned over is the shake'n'bake shelter...
    This fire turned and hit them so fast some didn't even have time to deploy the shelter.
    And just as heroic are those who are still there and will gear up and go back at it, hard as ever, despite the fear and anger and grief.
    ^This^.  The Yarnell Hill fire is still considered 0% contained.  The crazy courage and dedication of these folks brings a tear to your eye.  When another front line crew cycled back to the rest and recuperation area today in Prescott they went to the memorial service of the fallen and received a minutes long standing ovation.

    Vaya con Dios, amigos.  If you want to help and don't know where to grab hold try The 100 Club which was founded to assist first responders and their families.  They delivered nineteen, $15,000 checks to the families of the fallen today to help with expenses until other funds are available.  They also come alongside the families and stand ready to assist as needed.  Their ranks are made up primarily of the widows and surviviors of past first responder tragedies.    Also the American Red Cross is assisting all who need help in the wake of this fire.
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    Re: 19 Firefighters from my local Fire Dept died in the line of duty
    « Reply #12 on: July 02, 2013, 12:28:46 am »
    At the least I hope they had good LODD benefits set up like I had when I was firefighting ($1 mil from when the tones dropped till 24 hours after the end of the call)

    Cant replace a family member but that money would sure help the survivors stay on their feet
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    I don't THINK I'll ever have to face down routers in the streets.

    I should hope not. Mobs of rogue woodworking tools would suck to repel.

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