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Brewer praises response to firefighters' deaths

Ina Ronquillo

Brewer praises response to firefighters' deaths

CREATED Jul. 9, 2013

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer highlighted the sacrifice of 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire, and called each one a son of the state.
   
Brewer spoke during a memorial service Tuesday in Prescott Valley. She says that while she couldn't truly understand the grief of the families, she'll be praying for them always.
   
Brewer praised people around the country for responding as she hoped they would - with candlelight vigils, financial contributions, prayers, and flowers and notes placed at makeshift memorials.
   
The governor had ordered flags flown at half-staff across Arizona for 19 days in honor of the men who died June 30.
   
She also thanked President Barack Obama for the federal resources used to battle the blaze. Brewer says it's the duty of all Americans to help and protect the firefighters' families.

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