Procession honors 19 fallen firefighters


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on July 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 5:31 PM

PHOENIX -- The bodies of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire will be returned to Prescott Sunday ahead of a memorial service this week.

The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died after they became trapped by flames while fighting the wildfire a week ago.

The sole survivor of the group of 20 was the lookout at a different location. He radioed to the men to leave because the flames had turned.

The Hotshots had to deploy their fire shelters, but the fire would prove to be too big too fast.   

Aside from being members of this elite group known as Hotshots, the men were from Prescott Fire Station No. 7. Families, friends and strangers have been going by the station to leave behind flags, flowers and notes.

A memorial also has grown in front of the Maricopa County medical examiner's office at Eighth Avenue and Madison Street since the firefighters' bodies were brought to Phoenix on Monday.

Fellow first responders will line the streets of downtown Phoenix Sunday morning and along the procession route when the heroes' journey back home takes place beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Each firefighter will be in his own hearse and accompanied by motorcycle escorts and honor guard members.

Watch it live on and 3TV.