Nashvillians Remember Arizona Firefighters Killed

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Nashvillians Remember Arizona Firefighters Killed

CREATED Jun 30, 2014
by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the one year anniversary of a blazing wildfire that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona, Nashvillians came together to reflect on the tragedy.

A candlelight vigil was held along 3rd Ave. South in Nashville and was organized by a woman who used to live in Prescott, Arizona.

“I wanted to do something to honor the firefighters killed,” said Jamie Jeffries, the organizer of the event.  “I knew a lot of the guys, and my brother is a fireman.  It just doesn’t feel real.”

Jeffries spread the word on social media, and a group of Nashville firefighters and others from around the city attended the event.

The Yarnell Hill fire was started by lightning on June 28th just northwest of Phoenix.  It spread quickly and destroyed countless homes and burned more than 8,400 acres.  On June 30, 19 firefighters from the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun and killed by the fire.

It was the deadliest day for U.S. firefighters since 9/11 and the deadliest ever in Arizona.

“I can’t believe it has been one year,” said Steffie Misner, who attended the vigil.  Misner’s brother Sean was a member of the Hotshots and killed in the wildfire.  “I think it’s important to be here to honor the crew and my brother.”

Other memorials were also scheduled across the country.  In Arizona, a crowd gathered in the city of Prescott to share a moment of silence.  Family members of the fallen fighters also participated in a private memorial.

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