Not since September 11, 2001 has the American firefighting community gotten news this grave. Nineteen firemen battling a wildfire outside Yarnell, Arizona were killed this weekend. They were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott, Arizona, a group of highly specialized firemen specially trained to battle wildfire conditions.
Reports from the scene indicate the firemen were attempting to deploy tents made to protect them from the fire but were unable to do so in time because of the speed of the fast-moving blaze.
The loss to the firefighting community is unspeakable. The loss to America, devastating. The loss to their families ... unimaginable.
As the news sweeps the nation, we're reminded of just what it is that people like the Hotshots do every day.