Reflections on 19 Heroes

Today, June 30, 2019, marks the sixth anniversary of the LODD of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, who were killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire southeast of Prescott, Arizona.

The 20-man crew, the only certified IHC that was part of a municipal fire department (City of Prescott), was trapped in a canyon when the fast-moving flames overran their position. The flames were so intense that their emergency shelters were not enough to protect them.

One man, Brendan McDonough, who was assigned to be the crew’s lookout, was not in the canyon and survived.

Plenty has been written about this event, so I’ll direct you to external links for further reading. Here’s a good start: No Exit

On Saturday, June 29, I visited the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning and Tribute Center in Prescott.

Previous episodes of Code 3 on the Hotshots:

“Only the Brave:” Hotshots’ Widows React

Extra: Amanda Marsh on “Only the Brave”