Sunday was a horrible day for first responders as 19 firefighters are now reported dead; all of them succumbed while fighting a monstrous wildfire in Arizona.
The deceased were members of the Prescott Fire Department, a city of 39,843 (about the same size as Amherst.) The entire crew of 19 were part of an elite unit known as the "Granite Mountain Hotshots."
Only one survived because he was in a different location when the conflagration overran their position. As a last desperate measure the firefighters attempted to dig in and deploy emergency fire shelters, but to no avail.
Last resort Emergency Fire Shelter
This is the greatest loss of life for firefighters in a single incident since 9/11, when 343 perished at the World Trade Center.
Granite Mountain Hotshots. Entire crew lost.