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7/7/2013 1:00:00 PM
Procession of fallen firefighters is under way
Chris Carlson/The Associated Press 
A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix on Sunday. The 19 elite Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott.
Chris Carlson/The Associated Press
A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix on Sunday. The 19 elite Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott.
Procession ends at county Medical Examiner’s Office
The procession for the 125-mile route began Sunday at Eighth and Madison avenues in Phoenix and concludes at the Yavapai County Medical Examiner's Office at 7100 N. County Trail in Prescott Valley.

A portion of the route will be closed to the public: from Navajo Drive to Sixth Street in Prescott and onto Pleasant Street, also in Prescott.

The 19 hearses carrying the deceased firefighters will pass through Wickenburg on the way to Yarnell on Highway 89 and then to Prescott and Prescott Valley.

The route will follow Highway 89 as it turns into White Spar Road and Montezuma Street, then turns east on Navajo Drive from Montezuma. It heads south on Sixth Street, goes east on Moeller Street, south on Pleasant Street, east on Sheldon Street, then east on Gurley.

It heads north on Highway 89, goes east in Highway 89A, then south on North County Fair Trail.

The escort of the 19 fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots of the Prescott Fire Department began just after noon Sunday in Phoenix.

Under escort by the Joint Arizona Honor Guard, 19 hearses are taking the bodies of the firefighters, who perished June 30 while battling a wildfire that began two days earlier in Yarnell, to Prescott. Motorcycle escorts from various agencies are accompanying each hearse, along with an honor guard member.

Flags of the United States, state of Arizona and local fire departments are lining the path of the procession.

Honor guards are flanking the path to the vehicles holding ceremonial axes. Ladder trucks will hold a flag above the path, and a fire engine will accompany the process from Phoenix to Prescott.

An honor watch will be maintained continuously so that the fallen firefighters will not be left alone until they are delivered to their families.

Out of respect to the families of the firefighters, the Yavapai County Fairgrounds in Prescott Valley is closed Sunday. Jumper 15, a DC-3 out of Silver City, N.M., will release purple streamers at the conclusion of the transport.

On a similar note, the Prescott City Council has canceled both its regular and special meetings on Tuesday because of the memorial service for the Granite Mountain Hotshots taking place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The special council meeting, to consider adopting the tax levy, will take place at 3 p.m. July 16, city officials announced.

The memorial service will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the arena, located off Main Street and Florentine Road.

No seating will be available for the public, but Jumbotron screens will be provided outside for outdoor viewing. Forecasts call for temperatures of 93 degree, with 30 percent humidity.

The American Red Cross will provide water stations, and portable toilets will be on hand.

The memorial service for the firefighters also will be broadcast on several Arizona stations as well as live-streamed.

Relief efforts for the firefighters received a boost from money raised during the Prescott Farmers Market Saturday at Yavapai College. Market Manager Heather Houk announced the market would donate all of the revenue to Prescott Firefighters Charities from Saturday's event.

"I know we did really well," Houk said Sunday. She said the community raised $370 and an additional $1,000 came in from the market.

For updated information, log onto www.YarnellFallenFireFighters.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Article comment by: Dick and Judy Sanders

Such a heart break for Prescott, the families, and for us. We moved from that beloved place in 2007 but have a daughter and her family there as well as dear friends. We mourn with all of you. How important the processions, the memorial, and the funerals are to family and for the rest of us to honor good men. We add our thanks to them and to the people of Prescott and surrounds for rising up to the needs of the families and those who lost homes in Yarnell.

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: @ PV taxpayer

It was a procession and not a parade (as you so call it). Prescott Valley (and MANY other police departments had every right to make their presence in the procession just as private citizens had the right to join others along the roadside to pay their respects.

Get a life.

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: man o man

respect ? how about it.this is turned into a side show.does nt any one care about the familes of thiese poor souls.thay need to be in thier resting place already..think about it.

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: cindy conlin

We honor the fallen who tried to save a small town just out of Prescott. They will always will be remember, but never be forgotten in our hearts. I got to talk with them during a brief conversation while taking a break from busy classes @ CTECH where they took most of their training to do what they lost their lives in fire fighting. They had a lot of laughter's, and a lot of good conversations. I had ask one what made him go and train in fire fighting and he quoted" I like saving people and I enjoy the end results. I replied good for you. May they rest in peace
Cindy Conlin ( Prescott Resident)

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: PV taxpayer

Have to wonder what the Prescott Valley cruisers were doing in the parade.

Did they go all the way to Phoenix to join, or what?

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: L S

How about any facility in the tri-city area with the capability of large screen t v such as churches, theaters, YC concert hall, open their doors to the public in order to view the memorial.

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: Time To Say Goodbye

The procession was beautiful for these 19 beautiful souls who gave their all.
Too young ~~~ too soon to say goodbye.
The Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew were there for us ~ now we are here for their loved ones.


Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: chino mom

May all these families be blessed. From what I already read they are being so strong. Our whole tri-city area has been really so wonderful as far as support and prayers. Just us all thank these wonderful men for what they did to save Yarnell. And paid a price none of us could even fathom. God bless them and their, families friends, and all whom loved them.

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: John Baker

Where are they now...I am at 89 and willow lk rd still waiting...Bless our heroes

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: Allen and Diana Russell

As former residents of Prescott we send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of these firefighters as well a heart-felt "Thank you!" to those who put themselves harms way to protect all of us.

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: Luke Matthews

Jesus Wept

Welcome Home guys

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