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Updated Feb 14, 2014 - 7:47 am

Arizona legislators propose memorial for Hotshots

PHOENIX — Dozens of Arizona legislators are co-sponsoring a bill to
establish a state memorial park to honor the 19 firefighters killed in last
summer’s Yarnell Hill Fire.

All but one member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots perished June 30 when
flames overtook their position in a brush-choked area of southwestern Yavapai
County.

The one surviving member, Brendan McDonough, was on lookout duty elsewhere and out of sight of the
others.

The bill sponsored by 63 lawmakers would appropriate $500,000 to acquire the
site

Under the bill, the state parks board would acquire the site, while a newly
created memorial site board would approve the design and construction of a
memorial to be built in the new park.

The bill also would establish a fund of appropriated and donated money for
maintaining the memorial.

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