The 19 elite firefighters died in an out-of-control wildfire ravaging Prescott Arizona.
On Yarnell Hills the fire had burned its way across 8,400 acres of dry brush outside Phoenix by Monday evening.
Late Sunday afternoon, the firefighters radioed from their positions on the ground that they were in trouble. They tried to shelter themselves under fire-shelter covers but apparentlythat wasn’t enough.
The ravaging fire and the dense smoke made looking for them or rescuing them impossible.
They gave up their lives for their duty and trying to save the lives of thousands. The men, aged between 21 and 43, were members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew.
Here are a few images in memory of the brave ones!
Sources: Reuters, Twitter