During the summer of 2013, Prescott experienced a fire that covered over 2000 acres. On June 30, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, part of the Prescott Fire Department, tragically lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. These brave firefighters will be remembered as the community of Prescott bands together.
There have been many benefit events to help the fallen firefighters’ families in this time of need. On the website [www.yarnellfallenfirefighters.com], various information is given about the Granite Mountain Hotshots management team, which lists over 200 agencies and organizations that have come together in support of the firefighters and the families of the fallen.
The city of Prescott held a memorial service for the fallen firefighters on July 9 at Tim’s Toyota Center and the Prescott community has created web pages for all events and organizations for the fallen firefighters on Facebook and Twitter.
Another benefit was held July 21, known as Prescott Strong. It occurred in downtown Prescott on Whiskey Row. This was held for the families of the 19 fallen firefighters. Two Arizona natives, Jordin Sparks and Chino Valley resident Drew Ryniewicz, who competed on The X Factor, gave a performance. It was estimated between $200,000 and $300,000 was earned in donations during this event. Rain not deterring their need to be a part of this benefit, over a thousand people stood patiently on the streets. Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem, while a Tempe band, Jared and the Mill, gave a brilliant performance that the crowd greatly enjoyed.
Another local business in Prescott felt moved to support the 19 families. The Prescott Racquet Club, a dance studio, held a benefit dance just a mere two weeks after the tragedy. They held lessons, followed by a dance where all proceeds went to the families of the 19 Yarnell Hotshots. The Prescott Racquet Club raised $615. Marilyn Schey, who helped organize this event said, “The turnout was good. It was a wonderful night that paid tribute to 20 incredible men to support the families of the 19 brave firefighters who perished on June 30, 2013 in Yarnell.”
On Aug. 23-25, a benefit concert, ‘Rock N’2 Remember,’ was held at the Prescott fairgrounds. Bands Stella’s Infirmary, John Fiddler, Razer, Buck & Evans, and Storm of Perception played with the headline being the one and only Slash. The money was once again raised to help fallen firefighter’s families. The money was distributed to different Arizona charities such as Wildland Firefighter Foundation, the Prescott Fire Fighters Charity, the 100 Club of Arizona, and the rest dispersed between the residents of Yarnell. This event had a large turnout and was kept fun and upbeat. All the bands played excellent music, giving a once in a lifetime performance. Each performer commented on the fire and the generosity and compassion that was present in the city of Prescott. The community really came together to enjoy music and help a good cause.
The city of Prescott has banded together in support of the 19 families. There has been a great amount love and support happening. Organizations and benefits have raised so much money to help this tragic cause. There has been a wonderful turnout for each benefit event held. This all shows how one small community can come together to make a large change in someone’s life.

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