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Granite Mountain Hotshot honors crew in prayer

Ina Ronquillo

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Granite Mountain Hotshot honors crew in prayer

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jul 9, 2013

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - The surviving member of an Arizona Hotshots crew has honored his fallen team with a prayer, and thanked everyone for their support.
   
Brendan McDonough on Tuesday read "The Hot Shot's Prayer" in a rhythmic voice that waivered slightly as it mentioned death's call toward the end.
   
McDonough had been assigned as a lookout on the hillside for his team on June 30 while they were battling a blaze on a ridge in Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix. He notified the crew of the rapidly changing weather that sent winds swirling erratically and caused the fire to cut off their escape route. Then, he swiftly left his post for safety.
   
Fire officials have said McDonough did exactly what he was supposed to do.
   
McDonough spoke briefly after reading the poem at a memorial in Prescott Valley, Ariz., saying he missed his brothers.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.