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House Pays Tribute to 19 Fallen Arizona Firefighters, Farry Says
6/30/2014
HARRISBURG – Commemorating the first anniversary of the deadliest single day for U.S. firefighters since 9/11, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today honored 19 firefighters who lost their lives while battling a raging wildfire in Arizona, said state Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), who authored the measure.

On June 29, 2013, a wildfire caused by an apparent lightning strike spread through at least 2,000 acres in Yarnell, Arizona. The Granite Hill Hotshots, an elite group of firefighters specializing in attacking wildfires that endanger life and property were sent to combat the flames. When a dangerous and unexpected shift in weather took place on June 30, 2013, 19 members of the Hotshot crew lost their lives in the line of duty.

“Firefighters bravely put their lives at risk with each response to duty,” said Farry, who has served as fire chief for Langhorne-Middletown Fire Department for more than 13 years.  “We can honor those who made such a tremendous sacrifice by recognizing their courage and supporting those they have left behind.”

The 19 Hotshot members, whose ages ranged from 21 to 43, left behind 10 widows, three fiancées, 10 children and three unborn children. One was 23-year-old Robert Caldwell, who was born in Bucks County and resided there until about 15 years ago, when his family moved to Arizona.

“It’s been one year since this tragic event occurred. Without a doubt, the families of the fallen firefighters are still healing and the reverberations of this loss are still felt throughout the firefighting community,” Farry said. “My hope is they may find comfort in knowing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will never forget the sacrifices made by these brave young heroes.”

The House of Representatives adopted Farry’s House Resoution 917 in honor of the 19 fallen firefighters: Andrew Ashcraft, Robert Caldwell, Travis Carter, Dustin Deford, Chris MacKenzie, Eric Marsh, Grant McKee, Sean Misner, Scott Norris, Wade Parker, John Percin Jr., Anthony Rose, Jesse Steed, Joe Thurston, Travis Turbyfill, William Warneke, Clayton Whitted, Kevin Woyjeck and Garret Zuppiger.

Representative Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact:  Abbey Fosnot
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