COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Whetstone firefighter Doug Ring did not know any of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots personally, but after attending their memorial in Prescott last summer, Ring felt compelled to honor them in some way.
Sunday, his dream came to fruition.
Dressed in wildland gear and wielding a memorial flag, six men and women walked some 19 miles through Cochise County in tribute to the 19 fallen hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.
"It's something I needed to do," Ring told 9 On Your Side.
Whetstone firefighter Doug Ring is the man behind what is being called, "The 19th Mile Memorial Walk."
"It's easy to forget stuff if it's not right in front of you everyday and all the honks and cheers and waves throughout the duration of the walk was really inspirational to just help people remember they're gone but no forgotten," former wildland firefighter and the 19th mile memorial walk participant, Cathy Dyer said.
Ring and his group plan to make the 19-mile walk again on June 30, the first anniversary of the Yarnell Hill tragedy. They are hoping to make it an annual event.
"If this was the last thing that I ever did in my life, I would feel good about it," said Ring.
The 19-mile walk is also a fundraiser for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. If you would like to donate, click here.