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NH firefighters honor fallen 19 in Arizona

CONCORD (AP) — Firefighters in New Hampshire paid tribute to the 19 fallen firefighters in Arizona on the one-year anniversary of their deaths.

WMUR-TV reports firefighters said Monday they didn’t know the fallen heroes who died in wildfires, but felt a connection and wanted to honor their sacrifice. Some of the New Hampshire firefighters have fought fires in the west. ...

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CONCORD (AP) — Firefighters in New Hampshire paid tribute to the 19 fallen firefighters in Arizona on the one-year anniversary of their deaths.

WMUR-TV reports firefighters said Monday they didn’t know the fallen heroes who died in wildfires, but felt a connection and wanted to honor their sacrifice. Some of the New Hampshire firefighters have fought fires in the west.

A memorial with 19 shelter tents and helmets stands on a hillside to symbolize the firefighters’ last line of defense that day.

The tragedy marked the largest loss of life for U.S. firefighters since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the worst for a wildland fire crew in eight decades. The men, who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots based in Prescott, died trying to protect the nearby town of Yarnell.