Take Two for July 2, 2013

Firefighters killed in Arizona fire remembered, mourned

Holding on to each other:  Firefighters hug during a memorial service Monday in Prescott, Ariz. They were honoring 19 others who died Sunday.

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Holding on to each other: Firefighters hug during a memorial service Monday in Prescott, Ariz. They were honoring 19 others who died Sunday.

Arizona Firefighters Mourned

Jack and Nancy Warneke/NBC L.A.

Billy Warneke, one of 19 firefighters killed in a deadly Arizona wildfire, grew up in Hemet, Calif.

The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is shown in this undated handout photo provided by the City of Prescott in Arizona. The elite team of 19 firemen were killed on Sunday in one of deadliest U.S. firefighting disasters in decades as flames raced

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The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is shown in this undated handout photo provided by the City of Prescott in Arizona. The elite team of 19 firemen were killed on Sunday in one of deadliest U.S. firefighting disasters in decades as flames raced through dry brush and grass in central Arizona, destroying scores of homes and forcing the evacuation of two towns.


Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, based in Prescott, Ariz., were killed Sunday when a windblown wildfire overtook them north of Phoenix. It was the deadliest single day for U.S. firefighters since Sept. 11.

Fourteen of the victims were in their 20s, and four were from California. Sanden Totten reports.

(UPDATE: Grant McKee, 21, was the fifth Southern California native to be discovered among the 19 fallen firefighters this Sunday, and the second from Orange County.)


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