Yarnell Hill Fire: Prescott to be given gift of wildland firefighter statue

PHOENIX - The Prescott community is receiving a gift from a firefighting group to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died a week ago.

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation decided to take a statue that was standing at the Boise Airport and give it to the grieving community.

The statue of a wildland firefighter stands 9.5 feet tall, weighs 1,300 pounds and was put at the airport 10 years ago to recognize all wildland firefighters, according to KTVB.com.

It will eventually stand in Prescott to honor the 19 firefighters from the community who lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire last Sunday.

Wildland Firefighter Foundation Director Burk Minor said the loss of 19 firefighters in one incident is "devastating."

He said he hopes the suffering felt in Idaho will be reflected in the symbol of the statue.

The statue was transported on a Boeing 737 and arrived in Phoenix around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The statue was unloaded from the aircraft by forklift and carefully loaded onto a trailer by a hot shot crew from Jackson, Mississippi. That crew has been working in Arizona for two weeks.

There was no immediate word on where the statue will be placed in Prescott.

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