On the evening of June 30th, 19 firefighters who were battling the Yarnell forest fire became trapped. They deployed their tents to reduce the heat and smoke from the flame; unfortunately, all 19 died in the blaze. The Prescott community, especially those who are or know firefighters, are in mourning today.

The Embry-Riddle staff has offered to provide assistance in any way they can. A congressional field hearing that is to take place at ERAU’s Activity Center this afternoon at 4pm will likely be converted into a memorial service for those who lost their lives yesterday.

A memorial page has been created on Facebook by HeroesMemorial.org. The link to that page, which currently has over 175 thousand likes, is: https://www.facebook.com/InMemoryOfPrescottFirefightersLost6302013.

The men lost, and their families, will be in our thoughts and prayers as the community recovers from this tragedy.

To read the full story published by Prescott’s Daily Courier, follow this link: http://goo.gl/ohUA0

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