PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - Thousands of firefighters from around the nation are paying their final respects at a memorial for 19 members of an elite Arizona Hotshot crew killed in a wildfire June 30.
Those killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire were "19 heroes, gone at the turn of the wind," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said at the memorial service.
"They were protectors, defending our communities, safeguarding our friends, family and strangers alike," she said. "To the Yarnell 19, we will never forget your sacrifice and that of your families."
Many firefighters and family members attended the memorial service in Tim's Toyota Center, and thousands of residents also sat outside.
"They were heroes...long before we knew their names," said Vice President Joe Biden.