Pays Respects to Fallen Arizona Firefighters

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After a news report published on July 7th in Fox News titled “Funeral Procession Brings Home Fallen Arizona ‘Hotshot’ Firefighters,” departed from their typical finance-related article to offer thanks and honor the families of the courageous fallen firefighters who gave up their lives in the line of duty on June 30th.

In a departure from their normal financial advice-driven articles, today released a heartfelt statement in honor of the 19 fallen Arizona firefighters as they begin the procession today from Phoenix to their hometown some 125 miles away. was touched in particular by one firefighter tradition of never leaving the body of a fallen comrade alone from the time of death until burial, and commended firefighters around the nation for their courage and dedication to honor.

A July 7th Associated Press article published in Fox News reported that today begins the start of the 125-mile journey in which the 19 fallen firefighters will be transported from Phoenix, near where they were killed, to their small mountain community where their families are. The AP described the procession being made up of the 19 hearses, several firefighting vehicles, motorcycles, a bagpipe quartet, and of course the firefighting colleagues of the fallen men. The article also described the fact that, since the men were discovered at the scene of their death, the fallen firefighters have not been left alone; as per U.S. firefighter tradition, another firefighter has been present throughout every moment since the men were found. is touched and heartened by the amount of honor, reverence and respect given to the fallen heroes as they begin the 125-mile journey to their hometown. Most of all, stated that they are incredibly moved by the tradition of never leaving a fallen firefighter alone after death. is quoted as saying, “These men are true heroes, courageous souls who lost their lives in the line of duty, working to keep their community safe. I would expect nothing less than sheer and utter reverence in their funeral procession, which we have seen an overwhelming amount of. But one of the most touching acts has got to be the tradition wherein each fallen firefighter has had a brother standing vigil with him since the men were found. That’s just incredible, so powerful, and I imagine something of a small comfort to the families and comrades.”

Phoenix fire chief Paul Bourgeois was quoted in the above article as saying, “Since they were discovered, they have never been out of the presence of a brother firefighter. From the time they were taken to the medical examiner in Phoenix, while they’re at the medical examiner’s office, when they are received in a funeral home —there will always be a brother firefighter on site with them until they are interred. That’s something people don’t realize. We never leave your side. It’s a comfort to the survivors, whether they’re families or fellow firefighters.” stated that the men never leaving one another’s side is the most honorable form of burial insurance there is. The online finance column was quoted as saying, “It’s certainly the most reverent way I’ve ever heard of to honor a comrade who has fallen in the line of duty.”

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