19 members of an elite firefighting crew were killed Sunday in a wildfire about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix.
They were trapped by flames and had little time to protect themselves; in such cases, they are trained to dig as deep as they can, get in the hole and cover themselves with a fire-resistant cover.
Then, they hope the fire passes over them.
In this case, some of the bodies were found under the covers while others were outside them.
We can only imagine the horror of what they faced in those final moments.
One did survive, but there’s no update on his condition.
Keep them, their families and all firefighters in your prayers.
This was the worst loss of firefighters battling a wildfire in decades; in 1933, 29 died in the Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles. 340 firefighters died in the 9-11 terrorist attack.