Flags lowered to half-staff and makeshift memorials have sprung up in Prescott, AZ since Sunday when 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill wildfire.
Located about 2 hours northwest of Phoenix, Prescott is the Yavapai County seat and has a population of approximately 40,000. It is the home of the world's oldest rodeo, held annually since 1888.
In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, and the soil seems to spawn heroic men. Theodore Roosevelt's famous "Rough Riders" were from Prescott, and he called them a "regiment of as gallant fighters as ever wore the United States uniform."
Some of the owners of cars parked at the Hotshot parking lot will not be coming back for them.
This is the final photo Arizona firefighter Andrew Ashcraft texted to his wife before perishing in the Yarnell Hill fire.
Granite Mountain Hotshots
(Image by In Memory of Prescott Firefighters Lost 6/30/2013 Facebook page) Details DMCA