June 30, 2013 Anniversary of 19 Hot Shot Firefighters

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Let's not forget what happened on June 30, 2013.   It takes a special person to do what these brave 19 did.   Please leave your comments on Jan's post. 

Original content by Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ SA5376460000

Anytime you drive by the area of Yarnell, Arizona, and if you're from Arizona, you know the significance of this town and the tragedy of June 30, 2013.  That day nineteen hot shot firefighters lost their lives in a tragic fire that had overtaken the area.  


The Yarnell fire started from a lightening strike and spread quickly due to monsoon winds, a seasonal occurrence in Arizona.  A crew of 20 hotshot firefighters trained for this type of fire assembled to battle the fire.  One of the firefighters separated early on as a lookout.  The fire took a deadly turn and 19 firefighters perished in what is considered the worst fire tragedy in Arizona history. 


I remember vividly driving back from my hometown in Kansas, on the last leg of my 1000 mile drive on July 9, 2013.  As I made a left turn and drove south of Flagstaff, a long train of fire trucks was driving south on I-17, having just been to the memorial that day.  The remembrance of it all was just overwhelming, driving next to those fire trucks.  I slowed down, joining them for a while.   I'll never forget that sad drive home.  Thinking of the families that had to endure that tragedy.

This is a simple tribute in their memory to honor them on this ninth anniversary, and to share where you can find the memorial that was opened to the public November 30, 2016.  Below you'll see the Memorial on July 9, 2013 with then Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, then Vice President Joe Biden and MANY others honoring the firefighters.   Firefighters came from across the country to pay tribute to all 20 firefighters, recognizing that Brendan McDonough has worked to maintain the legacy of the 19 who sacrificed their lives.



The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park is comprised of 320 acres and is a seven mile hike to and from the tragedy site where 19 gabions are placed in the exact location of where the firefighters were found.   Each gabion is linked together by heavy chains, a symbolic gesture.


The hike starts out with the "hotshot trail" where you'll see 19 plaques as you traverse the trail of each fire fighter and their story.  As you hit the top of the hill, you'll be able to look down to the tragedy site and that trail is the "journey trail."   

History of the Granite Mountain Hotshots State Park.  


One of the trucks from the Granite Mountain crew is now on display in the         Hall of Flames Firefighting Museum with special remembrance of the 19 hotshots.   It's been said that this is the largest firefighter museum. 


One of my fellow realtors created this t-shirt in their honor.  Prayers for their families and those that knew them. 

Remembrance T-shirt

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Comments (10)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great re-blog from our friend Kathy, very nice of you to do it and get the word out to those who did not know, Endre

Jul 02, 2022 05:11 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Everybody loves this fire fighter things when I come out every year. They seem to be a hi

Jul 02, 2022 11:01 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kathy - this was a tragic event and something that you would never forget.  Thanks for re blogging.  I am going to comment on Jan's original.

Jul 03, 2022 03:00 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I remember vividly when that tragedy happened.  I cannot believe it was in 2013.  How quickly the years have passed.  Although, it probably feels like a lifetime for their families.

Jul 03, 2022 04:52 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I enjoyed reading this post from Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ and I am glad that you chose to reblog it.

Jul 03, 2022 05:46 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

How sobering. I'll visit Jan and leave my remarks.

Jul 03, 2022 09:22 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Thanks for sharing this so more can remember and reflect. I certainly remember that horrific day.


Jul 03, 2022 11:21 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

These selfless, courageous men and women risk their lives for the safety of everyone. They are true H-E-R-O-E-S and deserved to be recognized every day. What a touching re-blog of Jan's, Kathy. 

Jul 03, 2022 11:32 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy we often talk about the dangerous job our men and women in blue have, but out firefighter also put their lives on the line keeping us safe from fires.  They deserve our thanks and respect.

Jul 03, 2022 01:46 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for this re-blog.  It's such an important read and sad anniversary for those who lost loved ones.  I watched the entire 2 hour 43 minute memorial service Thursday night - very powerful.  The bagpipes always get me, much less the powerful speeches and bible verses from several speakers.  Have a wonderful 4th!

Jul 03, 2022 04:35 PM