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PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ (CBS5) -

Here are some of the most memorable quotes from the "Salute to Heroes" memorial in Prescott Valley for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30.

"You're a rare breed. There's an old saying: All men are created equal, but then a few became firefighters."

 

-Vice President Joe Biden to attending firefighters.

"I would have followed them blindfolded into the place where they were at. This crew was the real deal. In my words, right and tight."

 

-Darrell Willis, division chief of the Prescott Fire Department and the "father" of the Granite Mountain Hotshots

"Thank you, and I miss my brothers. Thank you for supporting me."

-Surviving Hotshot Brendan McDonough after reciting the "Hotshots Prayer"

"Nine days ago got the first news they had sacrificed their lives in line of duty. The entire nation was in shock and dismay. To Prescott, the impact is even more horrifying. What happened is still raw and won't heal for long time. But we will keep heads up high and move forward, even though we will mourn."

-Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo

"The men we lost in those hills lived and served for others."

 

-Harold A. Schaitberger, president, International Association of Firefighters

"The term 'fallen firefighters' has been used to describe these men and their sacrifice. I think of them not as having fallen , rather having risen, risen far above any of us to a place of peace and comfort."

-Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall

"Our hearts are filled with profound sadness today, but also filled with great pride. How wonderful it is to know Arizona was home to 19 men like those we honor today."

-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

"They looked forward to facing the mouth of the dragon with a smile."

-Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo

"They may be gone but they will never truly leave us."

-Dan Bates, United Yavapai Firefighters Association

"The day will come when the memory will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. My prayer for all of you is that that day will come sooner than later. As unbelievable as it is, it will come. To those who have selflessly given their lives for their fellow man, their last alarm, they are going home."

-Vice President Joe Biden to the families of the 19 firefighters

"If I could fulfill my fondest wish it would be that my tears wash away the pain we all feel."

-Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo

"I would have followed them blindfolded into the place where they were at. This crew was the real deal. In my words, right and tight."

 

-Darrell Willis, division chief of the Prescott Fire Department and the "father" of the Granite Mountain Hotshots

"Thank you, and I miss my brothers. Thank you for supporting me."


-Surviving Hotshot Brendan McDonough after reciting the "Hotshots Prayer"

"Nine days ago got the first news they had sacrificed their lives in line of duty. The entire nation was in shock and dismay. To Prescott, the impact is even more horrifying. What happened is still raw and won't heal for long time. But we will keep heads up high and move forward, even though we will mourn."

-Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo

"The men we lost in those hills lived and served for others."

-Harold A. Schaitberger, president, International Association of Firefighters

"The term 'fallen firefighters' has been used to describe these men and their sacrifice. I think of them not as having fallen , rather having risen, risen far above any of us to a place of peace and comfort."


-Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall

"Our hearts are filled with profound sadness today, but also filled with great pride. How wonderful it is to know Arizona was home to 19 men like those we honor today."


-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

"They looked forward to facing the mouth of the dragon with a smile."


-Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo

"They may be gone but they will never truly leave us."


-Dan Bates, United Yavapai Firefighters Association

"The day will come when the memory will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. My prayer for all of you is that that day will come sooner than later. As unbelievable as it is, it will come.


-Vice President Joe Biden to the families of the 19 firefighters

"If I could fulfill my fondest wish it would be that my tears wash away the pain we all feel."

-Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo

 

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