14 of the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona were in their 20’s
POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 10:52am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A procession of white vans carrying the remains of nineteen firefighters who died trying to save lives properly.
Prescott's fire chief read their names and ages, fourteen of them just in their 20's.
All were members of an elite hot shot crew.
"They were a very young, very enegetic," said Fire Chief Dan Fraijo of Prescott, Arizona.
The mother of one of the fallen firefighters says that her son, Chris MacKenzie, was a professional, but she was always prepared for this.
"I knew there was a chance this would happen - confident - knew what he was doing," said Mother, Laurie Goralski.
The Granite Mountain Hot Shot Team was faced with a wall of flames on Sunday and no escape.
In the crew, there is one survivor.
The twentieth member was moving a truck and wasn't with the rest of the team when the fire turned.
The Yarnell Hill fire is still burning with no containment in sight, and four hundred firefighters on the lines working as they process the grief of heavy losses to their ranks.
Hundreds of homes are still threatened, and two hundred homes have burned in a community of 700 residents.