Monday, July 1, 2013

Honoring Our Fallen

The news out of Arizona regarding the loss of 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is heart-wrenching. Our condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims and the Yarnell community. Let us never forgot!

In the midst of the tragedy, we take a moment to remember the four firefighters we lost on July 1, 2012, in the MAFFS 7 crash in South Dakota.

Today also marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Those who have attended the L-580 staff ride are fully aware of the importance of that battle and the lessons that can applied to wildland firefighting. As we grieve the devastating loss of life on the Yarnell Hill fire, we get a glimpse into the past. Let us learn for our future.

“...That these dead shall not have died in vain.”
- President Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address

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