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July 2, 2013
Arizona Hotshots lived the meaning of the word

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) -- They were fathers and expectant fathers. High school football players and former Marines. Smoke-eaters' sons and first-generation firefighters.

What bound the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots together was a "love of hard work and arduous adventure," and a willingness to risk their lives to protect others. And now, 19 families share a bond of grief.

All but one of the Prescott-based crew's 20 members died Sunday when a wind-whipped wildfire overran them on a mountainside northwest of Phoenix. It was the nation's biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years and the deadliest single day for fire crews since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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George Murphy of the Yavapi Tribal Police pays his respects at a makeshift memorial outside the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew fire station, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring 19 firefighters killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. AP / Chris Carlson
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Adam Higgins, left, and his brother Noah place flowers at a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. The Arizona Republic / Patrick Breen
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Flags with the names of the fallen firefighters hang at a makeshift memorial outside the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew fire station, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Chris Carlson
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A photo of one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shot crew members who was killed fighting a wild land fire near Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, sits at a makeshift memorial outside the crew's fire station, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Julie Jacobson
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Don Manafield pays his respects by playing a bagpipe at a makeshift memorial outside the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew fire station, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring 19 firefighters killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. AP / Chris Carlson
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Deborah Heinemann pays her respects at a makeshift memorial outside the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew fire station, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Prescott, Az., in Prescott, Ariz., honoring 19 firefighters killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. AP / Chris Carlson
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The Bragg family gathers near a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. The Arizona Republic / Patrick Breen
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Signs are displayed at a makeshift memorial at the fire station Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., where an elite team of firefighters was based. The Arizona Republic / Patrick Breen
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Joanne Barringer, right, comforts her husband Dave Barringer, of Las Vegas, after hanging a T-shirt on the fence outside the Granite Mountain Interagency Hot Shot Crew fire station, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Julie Jacobson
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Volunteer citizen patrol officer Seymour Petrovsky stands guard at the gate to the Granite Mountain Interagency Hot Shot Crew fire station, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Julie Jacobson
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Toby Schultz pauses after laying flowers at the gate of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew fire station, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Julie Jacobson
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A woman hugs a firefighter before the start of a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Julie Jacobson
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Firefighters gather during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring their 19 fellow firefighters killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. AP / Chris Carlson
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Firefighters gather in an embrace to a standing ovation during a memorial service for 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that were killed battling a wildfire, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. The Arizona Republic / Tom Tingle
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Mourners bow their heads in prayer during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Julie Jacobson
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Gina Martinez, center, and Chase Madrid, center right, comfort each other during a memorial service for 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew that were killed battling a wildfire, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. Madrid is a former Granite Mountain Hotshot and knew many of the firefighters who were killed. The Arizona Republic / David Wallace
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Mourners stand as firefighters enter the gym for a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. The service was held for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew firefighters who were killed Sunday, when an out-of-control blaze overtook the elite group. AP / Julie Jacobson
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Claire Caldwell wipes tears from her eyes during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Julie Jacobson
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A woman reacts as the national anthem is sung at the start of a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Julie Jacobson
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Prescott and other area department firefighters embrace during a memorial service, Monday, July 1, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. AP / Julie Jacobson
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Mourners stand together during a memorial service Monday, July 1, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., honoring the 19 firefighters killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. AP / Chris Carlson

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