National Wildfire Suppression Association Member Companies Will Be in The Procession Honoring John Percin of The Granite Mountain Hotshots in Portland

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As the 19 brave firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots are taken to the their final resting spots, members of the National Wildfire Suppression Association will take part in the apparatus processional to escort the Percin Family and Wildland Firefighter John Percin remains to Lake Oswego Fire Station pending his internment.

The Wildland Fire Community has suffered a catastrophic loss in Arizona, and we all mourn our fallen brothers. - Deborah Miley, Executive Director, NWSA

The men and women of the wildland fire community including members of the National Wildfire Suppression Association are mourning the loss of our fallen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Arizona.

Those in the firefighting industry who have suffered such crisis know all too well the agony of trying to locate next of kin, bringing home and laying to rest their fallen firefighters and consoling the families and crews. The exhaustion of crisis is bone deep and the memories last a lifetime.

In the fire community whether it be agency, cooperator or contract resources, the goal is always the same, to accomplish this mission and get everyone home.

Members of the National Wildfire Suppression Association are honored to be able to participate in this tribute to a fine young man and a brave firefighter who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep his fellow Arizonians safe. Those that fight fire know that the feeling of pride in our accomplishments on the line, and the sense of making it home safely.

Amoung those participating on behalf of the Professional Private wildland fire community will be engines from Atira Systems, and Patrick Environmental.

The National Wildfire Suppression Association consists of over 225 members companies from around the United States that provide resources to the federal, state and local agencies to assist with wildfire suppression and other emergency response on as needed basis. "Private Resources are another tool in the box for the agencies to use to help protect life, property and our environment". And as we mourn this loss, we will also take lessons from it to honor those 19 firefighters, and remind all in the wildland fire community to do our job safely, and make sure everyone goes home.

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