Surviving Granite Mountain Hotshot honors crew in prayer

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 3:20 PM

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- The surviving member of an Arizona Hotshots crew has honored his fallen team with a prayer, and thanked everyone for their support.

Brendan McDonough on Tuesday read "The Hot Shot's Prayer" in a rhythmic voice that wavered slightly as it mentioned death's call toward the end.

McDonough had been assigned as a lookout on the hillside for his team on June 30 while they were battling a blaze on a ridge in Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix. He notified the crew of the rapidly changing weather that sent winds swirling erratically and caused the fire to cut off their escape route. Then, he swiftly left his post for safety.

Fire officials have said McDonough did exactly what he was supposed to do.

McDonough spoke briefly after reading the poem at a memorial in Prescott Valley, Ariz., saying he missed his brothers.

The Hot Shot's Prayer
When I am called to duty, Lord ...
To fight the roaring blaze ...
Please keep me safe and strong ...
I may be here for days.

Be with my fellow crewmembers ...
As we hike up to the top.
Help us cut enough line ...
For this blaze to stop.

Let my skills and hands ...
Be firm and quick.
Let me find those safety zones ...
As we hit and lick.

For if this day on the line ...
I should answer death's call ...
Lord, bless my hot shot Crew ...
My family, one and all.

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