Yarnell Hill memorial construction begins

Yarnell Hill memorial construction begins

Credit: Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Ted Ihrman, superintendent of the Arizona Pioneers Home and Cemetery, and JP Vicente, the Granite Mountain 19 family services coordinator, shake hands Wednesday on an agreement over the layout and design of the memorial site.

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Posted on June 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 12:33 PM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- Construction has begun on a cemetery memorial for 19 firefighters killed in an Arizona wildfire last year.

The Daily Courier reports that each firefighter will have a plot and a bronze grave marker at the state-owned Pioneers Home Cemetery in Prescott.

The plots are surrounded by a 2-foot wall where mourners can sit.

Officials say 10 of the Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters are already buried there.

They say there is room for family members to be buried alongside them.

The state designated a new section of the cemetery for the hotshots and charged $100 per gravesite, instead of the usual $900.

All but one of the 20 Hotshots on the Prescott-based crew perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013.

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Information from: The Daily Courier, http://www.dcourier.com

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