Firefighters React to Tragedy In Arizona

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

An investigation has now been launched into the death of nineteen firefighters in Prescott, AZ. They were fighting a massive wildfire.

Firefighters in the valley are reacting to the news of their death. It's being called the deadliest incident for firefighters since 9/11.

Firefighters in the valley say their hearts are with the 19 firefighters in Arizona.

"Anytime that we lose a brother or sister in the fire service, it obviously sets you back," said Jody Quesenberry, the captain of the Rockingham County Fire Rescue.

It's also a sobering thought that keeps firefighters on their toes.They are now holding on tight to their protective gear like their turnout coats, which helps firefighters to identify one another.

Jody Quesenberry has been a firefighter for more than two decades. He admits sometimes there is no way to prepare for the worst.

"The unexpected is exactly that, it's unexpected and you try to rely on the training you've been given through the years, whether through experience or through the classroom," said Quesenberry.

This morning he and his crew visited structures around town to see if they would be safe in the event of a fire. One of the many precautions they are now taking.

"To ensure that we're able to effectively mitigate the structure as safely and as fast as possible," said Quesenberry.

As the Yarnell Hill fire continues to burn, Quesenberry is hoping for the best.

"Hits home and obviously makes you think, one that you're lucky to still wake up every morning," said Quesenberry.


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