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Procession brings home fallen Arizona firefighters

  • A procession of 19 hearses carrying the bodies of 19 firefighters who died in a wildfire a week ago drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, outside Phoenix.  The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    A procession of 19 hearses carrying the bodies of 19 firefighters who died in a wildfire a week ago drives through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, outside Phoenix. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Members of the Baker River Hotshots from Sedro Wooley, Washington and Bureau of Land Management fire personnel lined Highway 89, by the BLM's Mohave Mountain Fire Center-north of Wickenburg, Ariz to honor the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew as the bodies of the 19 firefighters were returned to Prescott, Ariz., Sunday, July 7, 2013 from Phoenix. All, save one, of the crew perished fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

    Members of the Baker River Hotshots from Sedro Wooley, Washington and Bureau of Land Management fire personnel lined Highway 89, by the BLM's Mohave Mountain Fire Center-north of Wickenburg, Ariz to honor the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew as the bodies of the 19 firefighters were returned to Prescott, Ariz., Sunday, July 7, 2013 from Phoenix. All, save one, of the crew perished fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives by, Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Yarnell, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives by, Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Yarnell, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. waves to the crowd as a fire truck honoring the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew rides in Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. The firefighters were killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. waves to the crowd as a fire truck honoring the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew rides in Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. The firefighters were killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the burn area, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Yarnell, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through the burn area, Sunday, July 7, 2013, near Yarnell, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Prescott Police Officer Todd Attenberger salutes as a fire truck carrying friends and family members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew lead the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. The firefighters were killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Prescott Police Officer Todd Attenberger salutes as a fire truck carrying friends and family members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew lead the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. The firefighters were killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Yarnell, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, near Yarnell, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Three of a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, near Congress, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013, to bring the bodies of 19 colleagues who died in a wildfire a week ago. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Three of a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, near Congress, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013, to bring the bodies of 19 colleagues who died in a wildfire a week ago. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Three of a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, near Congress, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013, to bring the bodies of 19 colleagues who died in a wildfire a week ago. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Three of a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, near Congress, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013, to bring the bodies of 19 colleagues who died in a wildfire a week ago. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Hearses carrying the bodies of the Granite Mountain Hotshots pass by  Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Fire personnel along Highway 89, by the BLM's Mohave Mountain Fire Center-north of Wickenburg, Ariz. to honor the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, whose bodies were being returned to Prescott, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013 from Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

    Hearses carrying the bodies of the Granite Mountain Hotshots pass by Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Fire personnel along Highway 89, by the BLM's Mohave Mountain Fire Center-north of Wickenburg, Ariz. to honor the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, whose bodies were being returned to Prescott, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013 from Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

  • Hearses carrying the bodies of the Granite Mountain Hotshots pass by  Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Fire personnel along Highway 89, by the BLM's Mohave Mountain Fire Center-north of Wickenburg, Ariz. to honor the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, whose bodies were being returned to Prescott, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013 from Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

    Hearses carrying the bodies of the Granite Mountain Hotshots pass by Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Fire personnel along Highway 89, by the BLM's Mohave Mountain Fire Center-north of Wickenburg, Ariz. to honor the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, whose bodies were being returned to Prescott, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013 from Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

  • Three of a procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Morristown, Ariz. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Three of a procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, near Morristown, Ariz. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Three of a procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Morristown, Ariz. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Three of a procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, near Morristown, Ariz. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 fallen Arizona firefighters drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Wickenburg, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 fallen Arizona firefighters drives through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, near Wickenburg, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 fallen Arizona firefighters drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Wickenburg, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 fallen Arizona firefighters drives through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, near Wickenburg, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, Near Morristown, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, Near Morristown, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, Near Morristown, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, Near Morristown, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, Near Morristown, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, Near Morristown, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)

    A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013. The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)

    A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013. The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Cynthia Achtzehn walks the street before a procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Cynthia Achtzehn walks the street before a procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Cynthia Achtzehn walks the street before a procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Cynthia Achtzehn walks the street before a procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • The Phoenix Fire Department hangs a flag in preparation for procession of 19 hearses that will drive through Phoenix, Ariz. Sunday, July 7, 2013. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    The Phoenix Fire Department hangs a flag in preparation for procession of 19 hearses that will drive through Phoenix, Ariz. Sunday, July 7, 2013. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • The Phoenix Fire Department hangs a flag in preparation for procession of 19 hearses that will drive through Phoenix, Ariz. Sunday, July 7, 2013. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    The Phoenix Fire Department hangs a flag in preparation for procession of 19 hearses that will drive through Phoenix, Ariz. Sunday, July 7, 2013. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Maricopa firefighter John Campanaro puts a sticker on his vehicle before a procession of 19 hearses for 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Maricopa firefighter John Campanaro puts a sticker on his vehicle before a procession of 19 hearses for 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Maricopa firefighter John Campanaro puts a sticker on his vehicle before a procession of 19 hearses for 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Maricopa firefighter John Campanaro puts a sticker on his vehicle before a procession of 19 hearses for 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.  The 19 elite Hotshot fireighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   The 19 firefighters were killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013. The 19 elite Hotshot fireighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. The 19 firefighters were killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.  The 19 elite Hotshot fireighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   The 19 firefighters were killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013. The 19 elite Hotshot fireighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. The 19 firefighters were killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013. The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013. The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • People line the road to watch a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, outside Phoenix.      The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    People line the road to watch a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, outside Phoenix. The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • People line the road to watch a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, outside Phoenix.      The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    People line the road to watch a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, outside Phoenix. The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic,Cheryl Evans )  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013. The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic,Cheryl Evans ) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic,Cheryl Evans )  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013. The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz. They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic,Cheryl Evans ) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • A line of hearses makes their way north on Highway 89, south of Congress, Ariz. as the bodies of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were returned to Prescott, Ariz. from Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.  (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

    A line of hearses makes their way north on Highway 89, south of Congress, Ariz. as the bodies of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were returned to Prescott, Ariz. from Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

  • A procession of 19 hearses carrying the bodies of 19 firefighters who died in a wildfire a week ago drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, outside Phoenix.  The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Members of the Baker River Hotshots from Sedro Wooley, Washington and Bureau of Land Management fire personnel lined Highway 89, by the BLM's Mohave Mountain Fire Center-north of Wickenburg, Ariz to honor the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew as the bodies of the 19 firefighters were returned to Prescott, Ariz., Sunday, July 7, 2013 from Phoenix. All, save one, of the crew perished fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 28, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives by, Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Yarnell, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. waves to the crowd as a fire truck honoring the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew rides in Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. The firefighters were killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the burn area, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Yarnell, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Prescott Police Officer Todd Attenberger salutes as a fire truck carrying friends and family members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew lead the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade Saturday, July 6, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. The firefighters were killed battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Ariz., Sunday. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Yarnell, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Three of a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, near Congress, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013, to bring the bodies of 19 colleagues who died in a wildfire a week ago. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Three of a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, near Congress, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013, to bring the bodies of 19 colleagues who died in a wildfire a week ago. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Hearses carrying the bodies of the Granite Mountain Hotshots pass by  Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Fire personnel along Highway 89, by the BLM's Mohave Mountain Fire Center-north of Wickenburg, Ariz. to honor the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, whose bodies were being returned to Prescott, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013 from Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)
  • Hearses carrying the bodies of the Granite Mountain Hotshots pass by  Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Fire personnel along Highway 89, by the BLM's Mohave Mountain Fire Center-north of Wickenburg, Ariz. to honor the fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, whose bodies were being returned to Prescott, Ariz, Sunday, July 7, 2013 from Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)
  • Three of a procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Morristown, Ariz. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Three of a procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Morristown, Ariz. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 fallen Arizona firefighters drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Wickenburg, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 fallen Arizona firefighters drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, near Wickenburg, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, Near Morristown, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, Near Morristown, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through the desert, Sunday,  July 7, 2013, Near Morristown, Ariz, The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES
  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans)  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES
  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • Cynthia Achtzehn walks the street before a procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • Cynthia Achtzehn walks the street before a procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • The Phoenix Fire Department hangs a flag in preparation for procession of 19 hearses that will drive through Phoenix, Ariz. Sunday, July 7, 2013. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • The Phoenix Fire Department hangs a flag in preparation for procession of 19 hearses that will drive through Phoenix, Ariz. Sunday, July 7, 2013. The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • Maricopa firefighter John Campanaro puts a sticker on his vehicle before a procession of 19 hearses for 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • Maricopa firefighter John Campanaro puts a sticker on his vehicle before a procession of 19 hearses for 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.  The 19 elite Hotshot fireighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   The 19 firefighters were killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.  The 19 elite Hotshot fireighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   The 19 firefighters were killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • People line the road to watch a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, outside Phoenix.      The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • People line the road to watch a procession of 19 hearses drive through the desert, Sunday, July 7, 2013, outside Phoenix.      The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic,Cheryl Evans )  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES
  • A procession of 19 hearses drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.    The 19 Hotshot firefighters were carried in procession in separate hearses from Phoenix to Prescott, Ariz.   They had been killed fighting a wildfire about a week ago.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic,Cheryl Evans )  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES
  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • A procession of 19 hearses for the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago drives through Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013 The elite crew of firefighters were overtaken by the out-of-control blaze as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
  • A line of hearses makes their way north on Highway 89, south of Congress, Ariz. as the bodies of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were returned to Prescott, Ariz. from Phoenix, Sunday, July 7, 2013.  (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Story)

Nineteen firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago went home for the last time yesterday, their bodies traveling in individual white hearses in a somber caravan for 125 miles through Arizona cities and towns.

The nearly five-hour-long procession began near the state Capitol in Phoenix, went through the town where the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed and ended in the mountain community of Prescott, where they lived and will be laid to rest this week.

Thousands of people from across the state and beyond stood patiently in triple-digit temperatures in Phoenix, lined highways and overpasses along the route, and flooded the roads of downtown Prescott to pay their respect to the 19, whose deaths are the greatest loss of life for firefighters since Sept. 11, 2001.

They included fellow firefighters, the men’s family members, complete strangers and residents of Yarnell, the small town they died trying to save.

Those along the procession cried, saluted and held their hands over their hearts.

“It’s overwhelming to watch this slow procession of 19 hearses,” said a tearful Bill Morse, a Flagstaff fire captain who has been stationed in Prescott for a week helping the Prescott fire department deal with the tragedy. “The ceremonious air of it all. It’s heartbreaking.”

In downtown Prescott, a bustling and sometimes-rowdy area filled with bars and other businesses known as Whiskey Row grew eerily quiet as the hearses drove by, essentially stopping all activity for several minutes.

“You’ve got this tragic event that happened, you’ve got 19 hearses driving by,” said 26-year-old Jay Averitt of Prescott. “It puts reality in check.

“It was an honor to be able to watch it,” Averitt said.

Many along the route carried American flags and signs that read, “Courageous, selfless, fearless, beloved,” “Yarnell remembers” and simply, “Heroes.”

Motorcycle escorts, honor guard members, and firefighting trucks accompanied the 19 hearses along the route.

In both Phoenix and Prescott, the procession drove under giant American flags hoisted above the street with the raised ladders of two firefighter trucks. Bagpipes played as crowds were hushed silent by the enormity of the loss.

A red and white DC-3 airplane used for wildland firefighting released long purple and pink ribbons overhead with each firefighter’s name on them; the ribbons drifted slowly down to the earth just before the hearses came to a stop outside the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Inside each hearse were the American flags that were draped over the men’s bodies at the site of their deaths in Yarnell. The flags have been with them since and will be until they’re buried. After that, the flags will be given to their families.

Family members of the firefighters watched the procession in private, away from the public and members of the news media, as it passed by a massive makeshift memorial outside the fire station where the men were based in Prescott. The memorial includes hundreds of personal messages, pictures of the men, American flags, and variations on the number 19 – 19 water bottles, 19 shovels, 19 toy fire trucks surrounding a stuffed Teddy bear.

“When you think about their wives, their families and their kids, it just brings tears to your eyes,” said Lon Reiman of Scottsdale.

Reiman, who carried two small American flags in Phoenix as he waited for the procession to begin, said he has several relatives who are firefighters and thought of them once he heard the news of the deaths.

Since their fellow firefighters arrived at the scene where they were killed, the fallen firefighters have not been alone, a tradition among those in the profession in the U.S.

“Since they were discovered, they have never been out of the presence of a brother firefighter,” said Paul Bourgeois, a Phoenix-area fire chief who is acting as a spokesman in Prescott for the firefighters’ families. “From the time they were taken to the medical examiner in Phoenix, while they’re at the medical examiner’s office, when they are received in a funeral home – there will always be a brother firefighter on site with them until they are interred.

“That’s something people don’t realize. We never leave your side,” he said of the tradition. “It’s a comfort to the survivors, whether they’re families or fellow firefighters.”

The firefighters were killed a week ago in the Yarnell Hill fire, sparked by lightning June 28. Crews were closing in on full containment after the fire destroyed more than 100 homes in Yarnell and burned about 13 square miles. The town remained evacuated but residents were expected to be allowed to return home today.

The crew of Hotshots was working to build a fire line between the blaze and Yarnell when erratic winds suddenly shifted the fire’s direction, causing it to hook around the firefighters and cut off access to a ranch that was to be their safety zone.

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