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Firefighters Memorial Service (the Arizona Hotshot 19)
C-SPAN ^ | July 9, 2013

Posted on 07/09/2013 10:40:25 AM PDT by CedarDave

Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a memorial service for 19 "Hot Shot" firefighters killed battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire in Prescott, Arizona. The memorial takes place at the Tim's Toyota Center Arena in Prescott Valley.

This is so much more than just a memorial service - it's honoring 19 young men who lived their dream of serving their fellow citizens. They are mostly in their 20's with about a dozen fatherless children under the age of six. Several wives are expecting children within the next several months.

The 6,000 seats inside the arena are filled with family, invited friends and firefighters from Arizona, other states and other countries.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: fallenfirefighters; prescott; yarnellhillfire
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To: gopwhit
joe isn’t too bad, but it would have been touching for him to have learned something personal about each one of these guys instead of phoning it in with “i knew them”....

True, not too bad. Could be a little shorter though - droning on.

21 posted on 07/09/2013 12:28:50 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: gopwhit

In addition to the families and relatives, Joe’s speaking to an audience of firefighters in the arena and to thousands of them outside who could not attend inside.

Sustained applause for Brendan (whose name was just mentioned).


22 posted on 07/09/2013 12:37:18 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Every speaker has quoted Bible verses - it is truly comforting to them.


23 posted on 07/09/2013 12:38:52 PM PDT by CedarDave
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‘s obvious that there was an effort to give the memorial a secular twist. But then men of faith showed up and stood up to speak in terms of Scripture that permeated the lives of these fallen firefighters. The Spirit of the Lord floated over that memorial I don’t think anyone can dispute that.


24 posted on 07/09/2013 12:43:04 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: righttackle44

Dan Bates recalls on the Thompson Ridge fire in New Mexico in June, Brendan McDonough accepted the Lord Jesus as his savior. By chance or divine providence he is the only survivor.


25 posted on 07/09/2013 12:45:20 PM PDT by CedarDave
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So thankful that everyone is talking about faith. Very moving how he is addressing the survivor “Go has a plan for you”...


26 posted on 07/09/2013 12:47:09 PM PDT by gopwhit
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To: CedarDave

Thanks for the links.


27 posted on 07/09/2013 1:13:02 PM PDT by RedMDer (When immigrants cannot or will not assimilate, its really just an invasion. Throw them out!)
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To: gopwhit

Sure as hell did... I am watching, but had to get up and leave the room about 10 minutes into his...


28 posted on 07/09/2013 1:14:31 PM PDT by AzNASCARfan
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To: CedarDave

The survivor’s hotshot prayer was just too much bless that kid.


29 posted on 07/09/2013 1:19:35 PM PDT by gopwhit
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Very well done, an excellent, well presented memorial.


30 posted on 07/09/2013 1:40:04 PM PDT by CedarDave
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It was very well done. Very. Brendan looks like a lost soul right now. We all need to pray him through this. What courage it took for him to read that prayer.


31 posted on 07/09/2013 1:52:27 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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The whole thing was lovely. And Joe was a much better representative than Obama would have been -— thank goodness there was nothing to be gained politically by his attendance or he would have (must get something snarky in)...

I want to find the right memorial fund to donate — one that goes right into the pockets of the widows...


32 posted on 07/09/2013 2:01:53 PM PDT by gopwhit
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See my “Donate” link above - the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona sponsored the webpage and suggest those listed.


33 posted on 07/09/2013 2:22:38 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

The C-span link at the top of the thread has an archived link for those that may have missed the live event.


34 posted on 07/09/2013 2:23:55 PM PDT by CedarDave
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Check out this page for other donation suggestions:

Where to donate to the families of the fallen firefighters and needy families in Yarnell

35 posted on 07/09/2013 2:38:00 PM PDT by CedarDave
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It was very well done. Very. Brendan looks like a lost soul right now. We all need to pray him through this. What courage it took for him to read that prayer.
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I agree with you. I watched the whole memorial and was very moved by it. I can not imagine the pain and suffering Brendan is in. As well as all the loved ones.

We have a nephew who is a Prescott firefighter. He was in attendance.


36 posted on 07/09/2013 2:44:36 PM PDT by Lakeside Granny
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I can not imagine the pain and suffering Brendan is in. As well as all the loved ones.

Here is his short reading of the "Hot Shot Prayer."
Sole surviving firefighter: "I miss my brothers"


Bless your nephew and prayers for the loss and emotion he is going through. I hope one of my links allowed you to view the service.
37 posted on 07/09/2013 2:57:00 PM PDT by CedarDave
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Sierra Vista, Fry Fire, and Palominas sent a truck and 13 firefighters to fill in...


38 posted on 07/09/2013 2:59:54 PM PDT by HiJinx (Just kill the bill, already...)
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To: CedarDave

Thank you, Dave.

I was able to watch live on a local station. They provided commentary an hour before memorial began. They all were OUR boys it seems.


39 posted on 07/09/2013 3:06:46 PM PDT by Lakeside Granny
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To: CedarDave

bttt


40 posted on 07/09/2013 3:10:59 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet (For why should my Freedom be judged by anothers conscience? 1 Cor 10:29)
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