PHOENIX - The city of Phoenix held a memorial Monday night for the fallen firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew.
Each of the 19 firefighters' names was read aloud followed by the single ring of a bell.
But what seemed to strike the large crowd, were the ages of the men: 20, 23, 25 and so on. They were young men who gave their lives to save people and property.
"You think of these firefighters as such great guys in big trucks," said Adele Cona who was there to honor the men. "Then you realize they are sons and fathers and their lives cannot be replaced."
The memorial was short, less than 10 minutes. It was held outside the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office where the firefighters' bodies await autopsies.
Until then, they are being watched over symbolically by an honor guard.
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