Gov. Jan Brewer today ordered that flags be flown at half staff until July 19, extending the tribute to the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.
She issued the following statement:
Flags to Remain Lowered Until July 19 in Honor of Fallen Firefighters
"This week, all Arizona State buildings have flown their flags at half-staff in honor of the courageous firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty while fighting the Yarnell Fire, near Prescott. In accordance with my order, flags were to be lowered from sunrise Monday, July 1, until sunset today.
"In light of the devastating circumstances surrounding this tragedy, I have made the decision to extend the length of this tribute to a full 19 days – one for each firefighter lost to the Yarnell Fire. These 19 men made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of people and property. As members of the elite Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, they knew well the risk inherent in their jobs, and accepted this burden with honor, selflessness and bravery. The word ‘hero' is invoked a lot these days. These men embodied the term, and will forever be remembered as such.
"In honor of each fallen member of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, I have ordered that State flags remain lowered until sunset Friday, July 19, 2013. Let us keep the memories of these men alive in our hearts, and let our prayers be with their families, friends and all of the firefighters who continue their critical work in Arizona and across our country."
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