LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Monday, July 1, 2013

We Grieve...

 
 
Nineteen firefighters lost their lives yesterday fighting a fire in Yarnell, Arizona.  Nineteen.  We grieve for them and the ones they left behind.
 
 
(Photographs from the Associated Press)
 

 
 
 
The fire, started by a lightning strike, now covers more than 6,000 acres


"Sorrow makes us all children again---destroys all differences in intellect.  The wisest knows nothing."  Ralph Waldo Emerson


13 comments:

robin andrea said...

Such heartbreaking news.

Rae said...

Very sad.

The Bug said...

Yes - so very heartbreaking!

NanaNor's said...

I'm with you on this. It is so sad that so many perished and so many lives are now without their loved ones.
Hugs, Noreen

Ms. A said...

Hubby just told me about it this morning. I was shocked! Those poor families.

kks said...

just devastating....
xo

troutbirder said...

These are the true heroes. Talked to my son in Queens Creek and he said it was 119 yesterday in his backyard.

Arkansas Patti said...

I was stunned at this tragedy. Just awful. Such young men. My prayers go out to their families.

KGMom said...

A number of years ago, I read Norman Maclean's YOUNG MEN AND FIRE. He made the life and death of firefighters so real and present. He was describing a fire from the 1940s. As a result of that fire and the deaths, techniques were developed to help firefighters survive.
I thought of his work today, as I read with sadness and horror the details of this latest tragedy.

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

A very devastating tragedy. Years ago in my home town in Am we lost several firemen in one fire - one was a childhood friend. They risk so much for all of us.

Carolina Mts

Taradharma said...

Here's a song I have loved about firefighters who died fighting a blaze: http://youtu.be/KgQNeGPJdcQ

From the lovely Album Cry Cry Cry. The song, along with the latest sad news, brings tears to my eyes.

Rudee said...

Heartbreaking.

KB Bear said...

Heartwrenching. My former graduate student is visiting. He was a Hot Shot and Smoke Jumper for many years before grad school. He was involved in a huge tragedy in the South Canyon Fire (Colorado, 94). He ate breakfast with some of his comrades one morning, and was recovering their bodies that afternoon after the fire turned on them.

He says that the Hot Shots know that this risk comes with the territory but it doesn't make it any easier. They put it all on the line for us every day.

May the fallen rest in peace.