Photos: Memorial for The Yarnell 19 at Prescott Fire Station 7

Photos: Memorial for The Yarnell 19 at Prescott Fire Station 7

Credit: Natalie Brand, 3TV

Photos: Memorial for The Yarnell 19 at Prescott Fire Station 7

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by The Associated Press

Photos by Natalie Brand, 3TV

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 6:07 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- The bodies of 19 elite Hotshot firefighters haven't been left alone since they were pulled from a charred Arizona mountainside last week. It's a tradition among the close-knit crews everywhere to stay by the fallen until they're handed off to families for burial.

Prescott's Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun by smoke and fire while battling a blaze on a ridge in Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix. One member survived - Brendan McDonough, 21, who was serving as a lookout and wasn't in the immediate burn zone.

Tuesday's memorial service, "Our Fallen Brothers: A Celebration of Life," will be the last of a handful of vigils for the men before the first of 19 funerals begin later in the week.

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