Prescott remembers one month since Yarnell Hotshot tragedy

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by Natalie Brand

azfamily.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 10:49 PM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Exactly one month since the tragedy that devastated the close knit community of Prescott, the pain of loss lingers.

“Everyone is just broken hearted,” said Susan Wieweck who visited the memorial in front of Station 7 Tuesday, a memorial which now wraps around both corners of the station.

“I don’t remember anything as impactful as this,” Weiweck said. She’s lived in Prescott her entire life.

Prescott Fire spokesman Wade Ward said families of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots continue to meet each week for support, as they grieve.

“We hope and pray the families can make it through all the turmoil,” said Ward.

In a statement to 3TV, the father of fallen hotshot Andrew Ashcraft wrote:

"We miss the men beyond words can describe. The pain is unbearable at times, but the outpouring of love and support for us all is immeasurable,” said Ashcraft.  “Our focus continues to be on the families, the wives and the children’s futures.”

Both families and colleagues at Prescott Fire are trying to carry on as best they can.

“We have our moments,” said Wade Ward. “Their memorial place is in my heart.”
 

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