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Ducey says Arizona remembers ’19 brave men’ on anniversary

Assembly of God Church Minister Ralph Wells offers the closing prayer during the Remembrance Event of the second anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire in Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday June 28, 2015. Nineteen firefighters, all but one member of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots died when the men were overrun by flames in a brush-choked canyon near Yarnell. It was the largest loss of life for wildland firefighters in decades. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier via AP)

Assembly of God Church Minister Ralph Wells offers the closing prayer during the Remembrance Event of the second anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire in Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday June 28, 2015. Nineteen firefighters, all but one member of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots died when the men were overrun by flames in a brush-choked canyon near Yarnell. It was the largest loss of life for wildland firefighters in decades. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier via AP)

Gov. Doug Ducey says Arizona is remembering “19 brave men” on the second anniversary of the deaths of firefighters who perished during a wildfire in Yavapai County.

The Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun by flames in brush-choked canyon near Yarnell. One crew member who was at another site serving as the lookout survived.

Ducey says the firefighters represented “the very best of our state and our nation” and that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten or taken for granted.

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