Vigil For Arizona Firefighters (Video)

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Sameera Ehteram
The video shows Arizona town of Prescott mourning its dead. Residents lay flowers in memory of the 19 firefighters killed as they were engulfed by flames.

The video shows Arizona town of Prescott mourning its dead. Residents lay flowers in memory of the 19 firefighters killed as they were engulfed by flames.

They're grieving for the 19 Prescott Fire Department crew killed while tackling a wildfire at the weekend.

Dan Parker's son Wade is among the dead.

"Wade was a wonderful kid. He was a great young man and he always thought of others before he thought of himself."

Residents in Prescott say the devastated town will never forget what's happened.

The doomed crew were tackling a wildfire near the small town of Yarnell on Sunday when they were trapped by the flames.

They fell victim to a volatile mix of erratic winds gusting up to gale force, low humidity, sweltering heat and brush parched by drought that hadn't burned in about 40 years.

The fire-fighters were part of a squad known as hotshots who tackle flames at close range with hand tools.

On Tuesday night more than 2, 000 people gathered at Prescott High School for a vigil.

Nineteen purple balloons - the color traditionally used to represent fallen fire-fighters - were released to drift gently south towards the blaze.

The deaths have turned an otherwise ordinary wildfire into the country's most deadly wild land blaze in 80 years.

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