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Prescott Hotshots honored at national ceremony

The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky/The Associated Press<br>
Firefighters march under a flag as they approach the fallen firefighters memorial ceremony this weekend in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky/The Associated Press<br> Firefighters march under a flag as they approach the fallen firefighters memorial ceremony this weekend in Jacksonville, Fla.

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - The 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots, who died in the Yarnell Hill fire June 30, 2013, were honored at a national memorial ceremony for fallen firefighters in Maryland.

Among the 107 firefighters honored were two Maryland firefighters and 10 first responders killed in a fertilizer plant explosion in Central Texas last year. Ninety-eight of the firefighters honored died in the line of duty in 2013. Nine died in previous years.

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer delivered the keynote address.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered U.S. flags on all state office buildings lowered in honor of fallen firefighters over the weekend. They remained lowered until sunset Sunday.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation holds a national tribute every October for firefighters who died in the line of duty the previous year.

Brewer says this year's tribute is especially poignant as those lost included the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott.

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