An Outpouring of Love

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Earlier this week I shared the photos of some of the love & support that our community has displayed for the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots that perished in the Yarnell fire.  If you missed seeing those, you can either scroll down or click HERE to view them.

When we returned home from our vacation, we knew that we wanted to go to the Hot Shots station to leave flowers.  When we pulled up to the station, we were overwhelmed by the amount of people there as well as all the different items that were left there in remembrance of these brave men.

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The shirts from fire departments all over the country brought me to tears. Firefighters are truly a band of brothers!

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I was in awe of this sign from the Woyjeck family. To think that they took time to thank our community during such an emotional time for them was overwhelming! What an amazing family!

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There were so many different memorials with 19 flags.

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The memorial grows each and every day.  These 19 men were part of an elite crew who not only protected our town and the surrounding areas, but helped fight wild fires all over the country.  They were humble, loving, giving, and sacrificial.  Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough.

Please continue to pray for the families of these men.  The days ahead are sure to be dark.  I pray that long after the media leaves and everyone goes back to their day to day lives, that we will be standing by their sides, loving and supporting them!

JuJu

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A Community In Mourning

On Sunday June 30th, 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hot Shots based in Prescott, AZ were killed while battling a wildfire in Yarnell, AZ.  For those of you who don’t know, I live in Prescott.  The death of this crew has devastated our small town. We were on vacation when we got word of these deaths and we’re just heartbroken for the families of these 19 men.  There has been an amazing outpouring of love and support for these fallen heroes and their families here in our community and today I want to share some photos of that support with you.

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These are just a handfull of the memorials that have been set up along a small stretch of road from our home to the center of town.  There are many more and there is a large memorial outside of the Hot Shots home base.  We visited there tonight and right now I just don’t even have words to describe what I saw there.  I took pictures and will share them with you soon.  

Please pray for the families of these brave men who sacrificed their lives in order to protect the lives of others.  Many of them were married. Some of them had small children.  All of them had families that are grieving and facing dark days ahead.  

These 19 men will never be forgotten, for they are heroes!

Thank you Hot Shots!  We’ll always remember your sacrifice!

JuJu