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Firefighters' loved ones organize Yarnell benefit

Firefighters' loved ones organize Yarnell benefit

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Oct 28, 2013

PRESCOT, Ariz. (AP) - Wives, fiancées and others close to some of the firefighters who perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire are trying to help the community their loved ones died trying to protect.
   
KPHO-TV reports that a fundraising event held Sunday in Prescott raised $18,000 for Yarnell. The community lost more than 100 homes.
   
Those participating in the benefit to raise money to rebuild homes and restore infrastructure included Leah Fine. She was engaged to Grant McKee, one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 30.
   
Fine says Yarnell is no longer just a dot on the map or a place that people drive through on their way to California. She says it's now a reminder of the men who lost their lives.

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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.