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Dozens Turn Out to Vigil for 19 Firefighters Killed While Battling Yarnell Hill Fire



Dozens of people turned out to the Medical Examiner's Office in Phoenix Monday night, hours after a caravan of white vans arrived at the same location, carrying the bodies of the 19 firefighters killed while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, as well as firefighters, cops, and members of the public attended the vigil, several of them leaving visibly shaken.

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The firefighters, many of whom were under 30, were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite wildland firefighting crew.

It's not clear at this point how the 19 men got trapped while fighting the flames of the Yarnell Hill Fire, but they all deployed individual fire shelters, according to authorities. The shelters are supposed to be used as a "last resort" for wildland firefighters.

The deaths of the 19 men Sunday marks the deadliest days for firemen since 9/11.

The names of the men can be found below:

  • Andrew Ashcraft, 29
  • Robert Caldwell, 23
  • Travis Carter, 31
  • Dustin Deford, 24
  • Christopher MacKenzie, 30
  • Eric Marsh, 43
  • Grant McKee, 21
  • Sean Misner, 26
  • Scott Norris, 28
  • Wade Parker, 22
  • John Percin, 24
  • Anthony Rose, 23
  • Jesse Steed, 36
  • Joe Thurston, 32
  • Travis Turbyfill, 27
  • William Warneke, 25
  • Clayton Whitted, 28
  • Kevin Woyjeck, 21
  • Garret Zuppiger, 27


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