Group of Tucson firefighters travels to Prescott for memorial service
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The bond of brotherhood between firefighters is on full display at Tuesday's memorial service for the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots.
More than 50 active and retired firefighters from the Tucson area filled a bus chartered by the Local 479 firefighter union to attend the memorial service in Prescott Valley.
"It is a horrible situation, but in our roughest times, it is when we're strongest," TFD Captain Chris Conger said. "We come together."
As hundreds of firefighters from across the state and country come together to pay their respects, some of Tucson's bravest are answering the call to serve.
"It speaks to the family of the fire service," Conger said. "it is such a huge honor to be asked to help run calls for these people. They're hurting in so many ways."
A Tucson fire company is filling in at a Prescott fire station, so those firefighters can honor their 19 fallen brothers at today's service.
"So their community's not left thinking are we left high and dry," Local 479 President Roger Tamietti said, "no, we're filling in for you. We got you covered."
The Tucson firefighters who boarded this bus said making the trip to Prescott is the least they can do.
"It shows the brotherhood and the sisterhood that we have as a profession and industry that when something this tragic happens if its one or if its 343 that we band together," Tamietti said.
And today they banded together to remember the "Prescott 19."