YARNELL, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- On Saturday, the small town of Yarnell remembered the Granite Mountain Hot Shots. In 2013, 19 out of 20 of them died protecting the community.

"The hot shots gave their lives to protect it [Yarnell]," said Frances Lechner of Yarnell Area Resource Group.

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In Yarnell, the huge tragedy still looms.

"What if it was one of my sons?" asked Ivan Hill of Yarnell.

In June 2013, 19 firefighters, Granite Mountain Hot Shots, died while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire so the town could still stand. Their names will never be forgotten. And their faces are now etched in steel.

There is one person on the memorial who still stands with us today. Brendan McDonough was the lone survivor of the flames that took 19 of his brothers.

"Just an overwhelming sense of pride to be apart of this moving tribute," McDonough said.

Today, and forever longer, the 19 that lost their lives will live on in this memorial.

 


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