News

More than 1,000 mourn 19 Ariz. firefighters

More than 1,000 mourn 19 Ariz. firefighters

Photo: Associated Press

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — More than 1,000 people turned out Monday to a Prescott university gym to honor the bravery and sacrifice of 19 “Hotshot” firefighters who died battling Arizona’s Yarnell Fire.

Those in the crowd rocked children in their arms, wiped away tears and applauded robustly after each set of remarks, often rising to their feet. Speakers quoted heavily from scripture and described the firefighters’ deaths as Christ-like.

Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo spoke in a shaky voice and paused frequently. He said the firefighters’ families, the Prescott Fire Department, the city of Prescott, the state of Arizona and the nation have all lost.

At the end of the ceremony, dozens of firefighters sporting Hotshot shirts and uniforms from other jurisdictions marched to the front of the auditorium. They bowed their heads for a moment of silence in memory of their fallen comrades.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Mumford & Sons: No cell phones allowed

mumford

The British folk band has banned phones from a concert on Monday amid fears fans will record and leak their new material.

in Music

This week’s top alternative tracks

mumford

LISTEN: This week's top alternative songs, according to the weekly Billboard chart.

in Viral Videos

WATCH: Police officers get down with dashcam duets

24-overlay9

From "Fancy" to "Rude!" these cops know how to bust a move.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Dancer, 102, sees her decades-old performances for the first time

24-overlay8

Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance, and although she danced in numerous movies, commercials, and TV shows, she had never seen any of them until now.

in Music

Jack White honors the blues

jackwhite

The National Blues Museum in St. Louis got some six-figure support from the rocker.