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Survivor served as lookout on deadly Ariz. fire
Associated Press ^ | – 5 hrs ago

Posted on 07/02/2013 10:11:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The lone survivor on an elite Arizona firefighting crew was serving as a lookout and relaying key information to his colleagues when a raging wildfire trapped and killed them, officials said Tuesday.

Brendan McDonough, 21, was in his third season with the 20-member, Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots.

He was assigned to be a "heads-up on the hillside" for the team on that fateful afternoon two days ago, said Wade Ward, a Prescott Fire Department spokesman who relayed McDonough's story at an afternoon news conference.

Ward said McDonough "did exactly what he was supposed to" when conditions changed as his team fought a mountain blaze near the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.

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1 posted on 07/02/2013 10:11:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
My heart really goes out to this guy. The media is going to portray his actions as somehow wrong even though he followed the procedures that had worked in the past..He has my prayers to cope with this almost unimaginable tragedy.
2 posted on 07/02/2013 10:17:17 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

I hope the media will back off.


3 posted on 07/02/2013 10:18:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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If anyone is to blame it is the enviormentalists that have shut down responsible management of our timber resources.Now we are wasting lives as well as resources

And the biggest enviros all have redwood decks but not for you little man !

4 posted on 07/02/2013 10:20:32 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: BenLurkin

He will be the 20th victim. Either guilt or pressure will kill him.

It’s not going to be easy for him.


5 posted on 07/02/2013 10:21:01 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: BenLurkin

Being a survivor, much less sole survivor, of a close knit crew like that will be with Mr. McDonough for life. I pray he has the faith and support he will surely need.


6 posted on 07/02/2013 10:22:39 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: BenLurkin

Almighty Father, I ask you bring peace to this man, the realization that he did what he could, the calm of spirit which allows him to endure any unfounded attack, from within or without, and soothe the pain of the loss of his brethren. I ask this in the Name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.


7 posted on 07/02/2013 10:24:13 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Newbomb Turk

Well in this case the fire wasn’t on federal land, and it was in brush/scrubland, not forest. There’s no way to “manage” that stuff. It grows too fast to keep cleared.


8 posted on 07/02/2013 10:25:13 PM PDT by balch3
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To: Smokin' Joe

In His Name.....Amen


9 posted on 07/02/2013 10:25:13 PM PDT by Brad’s Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Brad's Gramma

And Amen.


10 posted on 07/02/2013 10:27:16 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: BenLurkin

Amen! I hope he finds his way out of the dark valley of trauma.


11 posted on 07/02/2013 10:48:13 PM PDT by tanuki (Left-wing Revolution: show biz for boring people.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Amen.


12 posted on 07/02/2013 10:52:03 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: BenLurkin

Sole survivor.


13 posted on 07/02/2013 11:23:25 PM PDT by Wiggins
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One of the jobs of the lookout is to observe and report on the weather... my niece fought fires in WA., and had her turn pulling lookout duties. Her charge, was ultimately the crew’s well being. She was proud of reaching this position in her career, and deeply aware of the enormous responsibility that fell on her shoulders. Our conversation was one that gave me pause and went into the memory bank for lifetime recall.


14 posted on 07/02/2013 11:50:49 PM PDT by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: montanajoe
My heart really goes out to this guy.

Indeed. You know he has to be suffering greatly.

15 posted on 07/02/2013 11:59:23 PM PDT by South40
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To: Smokin' Joe

Amen! I borrowed your fine words to join the chorus of prayers.


16 posted on 07/03/2013 12:10:22 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: BenLurkin

I hope the media will back off.


There are ways to back the media off, way off.


17 posted on 07/03/2013 12:39:08 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Any law repugnant to the Constitutuon is null and void.....ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS! It's the Law.)
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To: S.O.S121.500

The media are jackals. They will try everything to get to this guy. I feel so sorry for him. May his heart achieve some peace sooner than later.


18 posted on 07/03/2013 2:46:18 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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Jackals, and GHOULS


19 posted on 07/03/2013 2:47:59 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Smokin' Joe

I join your prayer, Amen


20 posted on 07/03/2013 4:01:07 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Smokin' Joe

Amen!


21 posted on 07/03/2013 5:24:47 AM PDT by billphx
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To: balch3
There’s no way to “manage” that stuff. It grows too fast to keep cleared.

Here in Florida they fire-manage fast-growing scrub all of the time

22 posted on 07/03/2013 6:12:15 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's Enemies List - Yes, you are a crook.)
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