AFMA Honor Guard at Yarnell Memorial
The Arizona Fire & Medical Authority created an Honor Guard to participate in funerals for firefighters and other special events. Their first participation was at the fifth-year commemoration of the deaths of 19 firefighters on Yarnell Hill. From left, Deputy Chief Rob Helie and Captain Jeremiah Johnson. AFMA Firefighter Oscar Adame also participated but is not pictured. [Nick Scalise/ Submitted Photo
By Roger Ball
Members of the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority’s newly formed Honor Guard participated in the dedication of the memorial to the 19 Prescott firefighters who died on Yarnell Hill five years ago.
This was the first time the AFMA Honor Guard was used.
19 of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite crew trained to fight wilderness fires, died June 30, 2013 as they battled a fire outside of Yarnell. The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park is dedicated to their sacrifice.
AFMA Deputy Chief Eric Kriwer was a division chief with the Prescott Fire Department at the time of the tragedy, and later served as acting chief in that community following the disaster.
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