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In Arizona, a Solemn 100-Mile Procession for Fallen Firefighters

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(CNN) -- Crowds lined the streets for a public procession from Phoenix to Prescott, Arizona, on Sunday in honor of 19 firefighters who died last week on the job.

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Dee C. (222)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:54 pm
People with no personal connection to members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot unit traveled from across the state and around the country to pay respects. The team died as they battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, which was sparked by lightning some 3.5 miles west of Yarnell.

"These men are heroes. They've earned the respect of everyone in this line," an onlooker told CNN affiliate KTVK as he awaited the procession in Phoenix.

Hearses carrying each casket left the coroner's office in Phoenix on Sunday afternoon to begin the nearly 100-mile procession to the unit's hometown of Prescott.

Erratic winds were blamed on the sudden shift in the fire's direction, trapping the group. As of Sunday, at least 90% of the fire had been contained, officials said. More than 100 homes over 13 square miles had been destroyed.

The firefighters left behind wives and children. One firefighter left behind his pregnant fiance.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend a memorial planned for Tuesday.

Lookout warned team before fire killed 19

Liz No FWDS Gillard (91)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:22 pm
Noted,my heart and prayers go out to these courageous firefighters and their loved ones.So sad.Thank you Dee,Liz Xx

Penny C. (94)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 4:34 pm
So very sad & tragic.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:40 pm

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Monday July 8, 2013, 5:36 am
Noted with sadness.

Tom Tree (236)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:00 am

Noted & Shared

Deborah W. (6)
Monday July 8, 2013, 1:05 pm
So often overlooked, The greatness of man is still admired, honored and recognized as basic to our species. May we hold fast this feeling and seek more opportunities to offer aid to one another. World-changing food for thought ...

Sheri Schongold (7)
Monday July 8, 2013, 1:35 pm
God Bless Them All. RIP

Connie O. (48)
Monday July 8, 2013, 2:36 pm
So very tragic. RIP

Debra Tate (17)
Monday July 8, 2013, 3:36 pm

Ann Breeden (65)
Monday July 8, 2013, 4:44 pm
They put their lives on the line to save other. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of their families. They are true heroes.

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:50 am
Noted, thanks.

DaleLovesOttawa O. (198)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 8:58 pm
A most moving tribute to their brave memories.

Robert K. (31)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 3:38 pm
Nice to see people honoring these brave fallen firefighters. Even better would be getting the climate change denting morons out of office and ending the austerity that hampers the ability of government to fund infrastructure, including cutting public safety employees.

Robert K. (31)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 3:39 pm
denying, not denting. DUH!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 6:37 pm
Noted with great sadness !Condolences to the families >

Teresa Fazackerley (366)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 5:24 am
very sad, R.I.P. noted....thank you Dee
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