Arizona

Jul 7, 2013 11:09 AM by Associated Press

Procession brings home fallen Ariz. firefighters

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - The 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago will be returned to their home in the Arizona mountains on Sunday.

Each elite Hotshot firefighter will be in his own hearse as the hourslong procession takes the men's bodies from a coroner's office in Phoenix, through the town where they died and on to where they lived in the mountain community of Prescott.

American flags that were draped over the men's bodies in Yarnell have stayed with them since and will be with them until they are buried.

The hearses will be accompanied by motorcycle escorts and honor guard members.

The crew of Hotshots was working to build a fire line between the blaze and a town 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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