Via Daily Mail:
The sole survivor of the elite firefighter team that perished battling a raging wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona last week paid tribute to his fallen brothers with a heartfelt prayer.
Brandan McDonough was the lone survivor of his team, because he was assigned to keep watch of the blaze. When McDonough saw that the winds were changing and driving the flames to wrap around his team, he warned the crew.
Unfortunately they weren’t able to escape fast enough. As a last resort, the 19 firefighters retreated to make-shift shelters. All 19 perished in what was the largest loss of firefighters battling a wildfire in 80 years, and the most killed in a single incident since 9/11.
The Hotshot’s Prayer: Brendan McDonough, the sole-survivor of the June 30 incident that killed the other 19 members of his crew, recited a special prayer at the Tuesday memorial
Packed: Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott, Arizona was filled with those who came to honor the departed
Mass mourning: Thousands attended the memorial for the 19 men lost on June 30
Team: The Granite Hotshots were just one unit of many Hotshot crews that battle fires in their early stages across the U.S. Other hotshots came out to attend the Tuesday memorial
Firefighter legacy: Los Angeles County Fire Captain. Joe Woyjeck and his wife receive a flag for their lost son Kevin Woyjeck, a member of the hotshot team
Remembered: Each firefighter’s picture was displayed as well as their uniforms, helmets and boots
Musical salute: Bagpipers played a tribute to the fallen men
Roses: A single white rose was placed next to each of the fallen firefighter’s pictures
THE HOTSHOT’S PRAYER
When I am called to duty, Lord …
To fight the roaring blaze …
Please keep me safe and strong …
I may be here for days.
Be with my fellow crew members …
As we hike up to the top.
Help us cut enough line …
For this blaze to stop.
Let my skills and hands …
Be firm and quick.
Let me find those safety zones …
As we hit and lick.
For if this day on the line …
I should answer death’s call …
Lord, bless my hot shot Crew …
My family, one and all.
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