Arizona honors 19 firefighters killed by flames 5 years ago

Arizona honors 19 firefighters killed by flames 5 years ago
FILE - In this June 30, 2014 file photo, people listen as the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots are memorialized on the first anniversary of their deaths during a ceremony outside the Yavapai County courthouse in Prescott, Ariz. Saturday, June 30, 2018 marks five years since the firefighters died in Arizona, overrun by flames in a brush-choked canyon in Yarnell. The loss of nearly the entire Granite Mountain Hotshot crew reverberated across the country. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Saturday marks five years since 19 wildland firefighters died in Arizona.

Prescott is honoring the men with bell tolls and by reading each of their names. A service also will be held earlier in the day at the cemetery where some of them are buried.

Most of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died June 30, 2013, after becoming trapped in a brush-choked canyon in Yarnell, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Phoenix.

It was the deadliest day for firefighters since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Since then, memorials have been built around town. Families have created foundations to honor the men’s work. Books and a movie have been released.

Only one of the crew members survived. Brendan McDonough was serving as a lookout.

Investigators never determined exactly what led to the men’s deaths.