Granite Mountain Hotshot honors crew in prayer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The surviving member of an Arizona Hotshots crew has honored his fallen team with a prayer, and thanked everyone for their support.

This photo combination made with undated family photos provided via the City of Prescott, Ariz. shows the 19 firefighters killed battling an out-of-control wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz., on June 30, 2013. Top row, from left: Andrew Sterling Ashcraft, Robert Caldwell, Travis Carter, Dustin James DeFord, Chris Mackenzie, Eric Shane Marsh, and Grant Quinn McKee. Second row, from left: Sean Misner, Scott Daniel Norris, Wade Scott Parker, John Joseph Percin Jr., Anthony Michael Rose, Jesse James Steed, and Joe Thurston. Bottom row, from left: Travis Turbyfill, William Howard "Billy" Warneke, Clayton Thomas Whitted, Kevin Woyjeck, and Garret Zuppiger. (AP Photo/Family Photos via City of Prescott)

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. The surviving member of an Arizona Hotshots crew has honored his fallen team with a prayer, and thanked everyone for their support.

Brendan McDonough on Tuesday read "The Hot Shot's Prayer" in a rhythmic voice that wavered slightly as it mentioned death's call toward the end.

McDonough had been assigned as a lookout on the hillside for his team on June 30 while they were battling a blaze on a ridge in Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix. He notified the crew of the rapidly changing weather that sent winds swirling erratically and caused the fire to cut off their escape route. Then, he swiftly left his post for safety.

Fire officials have said McDonough did exactly what he was supposed to do.

McDonough spoke briefly after reading the poem at a memorial in Prescott Valley, Ariz., saying he missed his brothers.


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