Yarnell hotshots: Memorial to hotshots in Prescott taken down

PRESCOTT, AZ - An unofficial memorial in Prescott for 19 elite firefighters killed in June in the Yarnell Hill Fire has been taken down.

Volunteers dismantled the memorial Tuesday outside a Prescott fire station.

Some of the volunteers are local firefighters. They spent a few hours packing up candles, T-shirts, toy fire trucks and other items.

Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo says officials hope to incorporate as many of the items as possible into a permanent memorial.

The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died June 30 when winds drove flames into their position in a brush-choked canyon near Yarnell.

The crew was part of the Prescott Fire Department.

In the days afterward, people placed firefighting gear, clothing, flowers and other items outside the station in honor of the firefighters.

The father of fallen firefighter Wade Parker told ABC15, it was time to take the wall down.

"It's an honor, it's heart wrenching, it's something you'd want to hold close," said Danny Parker.

The memorial at Fire Station 7 was just one of the many places Danny would come to feel close to his son.

"As it grew, people would say they saw something that has my son's name on it, so I'd come to look."

Danny says it's going to take time to take the next step in the healing process.

"It's tough, it was hard to come here too because of that. But it was a wonderful thing people did. I was emotional coming down here today," he said.

And while memorial is gone, it doesn't the men will ever be forgotten.

"It's bittersweet, but just because the memorial comes down it doesn't take away the memory," said Danny.

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