19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona Wildfire

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19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona Wildfire
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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 1:56pm

What a devastating loss, many P&PTs going out to their families and community. 

The 19 firefighters who perished on Sunday in the worst wildfire tragedy involving firefighters in Arizona history were part of an elite unit, leaving family and peers reeling from the deaths of such a well-trained group of men. 

“It’s devastating,’’ Prescott Fire Department spokesman Wade Ward told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Monday. “We don’t know exactly what happened. I can tell you that this is a very elite group of men. I can tell you that it had to be the perfect storm in order for this to happen. Their situational awareness and their training is at such a high level that it’s unimaginable that this is even happening.”

Read more: http://www.today.com/news/wildfire-had-have-been-perfect-storm-kill-19-elite-firefighters-6C10501506

Any thoughts on this tragedy?

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Registered: 04-11-2012
Tue, 07-02-2013 - 2:50pm

I just saw this story this morning and it is terribly sad. I can't imagine how horrible this news is for their families because they probably can't help but wonder what their last moments were like.

Do they have any details yet on what happened?

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 3:36pm

It's just so incredibly sad. :(

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 3:42pm

owaitress wrote:

I just saw this story this morning and it is terribly sad. I can't imagine how horrible this news is for their families because they probably can't help but wonder what their last moments were like.

Do they have any details yet on what happened?

I haven't seen any reports yet, but it's just so mind-blowing. 19 of a 20 man team.