I know it happened several days ago, but I had to let it sink in. It's not something that we in the Fire Service can easily talk about or explain to folks, but nonetheless, it's something we all know is a very real thing that can happen to any one of us that have this job. 19 Firefighters died in a devastating turn of events while fighting a fire in Arizona. They were an elite force called the Granite Mountain HotShots, comprised of 20 people, that was formed in 2002 and had a very good safety record. Only 1 of these men survived this fire. The other 19 perished doing something they loved to do. Yarnell Fallen Firefighters If you have the time, please click the above link and read the updates about this. The youngest of these men was 21, the oldest was 43. All were dedicated to doing the best they could to protect those that couldn't do it themselves. They were highly trained and very good at what they did, which only means that Mother Nature, despite our best efforts, can only be tamed when she wants to be. Lighting is suspected in starting this massive blaze, and an investigation is under way. This is the worst loss of Firefighter lives since 9/11/01 when 343 Firefighters perished in the World Trade Centers. This is close the horrific loss of lives in Chicago almost 103 years ago (December 22, 1910), where 21 Chicago Firefighters died including Fire Marshal James Horan, along with 3 civilians. I ask that you all take a short moment to pray for the families of these men. May they rest in peace! To all of my Fire Department Brothers and Sisters out there, please, stay safe and watch out for one another.