Remembering the Arizona firefighters
July 5th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Biden to travel to Arizona for firefighters memorial

Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Arizona on Tuesday to attend a memorial service in the Prescott Valley area for the 19 firefighters killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire, according to a senior administration official.

The bodies are currently at a medical examiner's office in downtown Phoenix but will be transferred in a public procession Sunday to Prescott Valley.

Crews make major progress fighting deadly Arizona blaze, now 80% contained

The 19 men were members of the Prescott Fire Department's "hotshot" unit, an elite squad that fights wildfires on the front line and sets up barriers to try to stop fires from spreading.

Their deaths marked the deadliest day for firefighters since 9/11.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Arizona • Joe Biden
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  1. rs

    This was simply a huge tragedy for Arizona. These 19 brave men were trying to save the small town of Yarnell south and west of Prescott, AZ.. It is entirely appropriate for our leaders to be there and support the commnities,the families,and acknowledge the imporance, and the dangers of the work fire fighters do.

    Now if we could simply detain the trolls of Westboro on the tarmac at Shy Harbor until the services are completed.

    July 5, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Monkeyman

    The administration just could not wait for a photo op. Barry might even show us as a surprise guest although his handlers more than likely realize the people are catching on that these crying white women crying on Barry the ambulance chasers shoulder is getting to be a very predictable stage prop for the administration.
    Joey can't wait to crack some jokes about Fourth of July. barbecues and firemen I'm sure and talk about himself and his Pennsylvania history and how tragedy struck his household forty years ago when he lost his wife and on and on and on. This is how despotism works, he has no business being there and I will bet you anything the press would never even think of covering how these fallen heroes would have or would not have wanted these bagOcrap public serpents there using their farewell as a backdrop for media attention.
    You see, Barry does not like getting second billing to any news story and that is why he puts either himself or his dinkleberries in the center of any news story that is bigger than his own or outshines anything he wishes to present on any given day. I can't wait to see what they call for during their or Joey's lecture to the attendees at this event. I wonder if the administration had received an invitation or if they solicited one themselves. Perhaps some so called journalist could look into the last ten tragedies to see which was the case as this prezbro like a portapotty conveniently shows up at every event after a tragedy takes place.

    July 5, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Monkeyman

    The administration just could not wait for a photo op. Barry might even show us as a surprise guest although his handlers more than likely realize the people are catching on that these crying white women crying on Barry the ambulance chasers shoulder is getting to be a very predictable stage prop for the administration.

    July 5, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. rs

    Sick man "monkeyman" If you are emblematic of the GOP, they're a lot cause.
    .

    July 5, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. CB FL

    @Monkeyman
    I am a retired firefighter of 25 years and I find your response very offensive. I am sure that the only thing you have done for your country is to hide when asked to serve.

    July 5, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    @monkeyman-You have some serious problems, lad. Most of the country is grieving over this loss, and yes, honey; many parents and loved ones would be moved by Presidential involvement. Why don't you try not to ruin it for their loved ones just so you take some cheap shots. Jesus! The right wing is no better then the Westboro Baptist Church.

    July 5, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. NC

    Will John McCain be there?

    July 5, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. jon

    Bidon from ice cream parlour invasion on tv firts tern is poaching arrest – and if he doesnt show up to help with troops to put fire out – just whatis his roll and who is he

    July 5, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. rs

    NC

    Will John McCain be there?
    __________________________
    I haven't seen anything reported, but I expect that both McCain and Flake will be on hand, along with a host of House folks-Gosar for sure.

    July 5, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @Monkeyman: Yeah, and if President Obama didn't send a high-level representative from his Administration, you'd be harping on about that.

    LOSER!!!

    July 5, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Dan Britten

    No quicker way to insult the dead than to allow Joe Biden to attend their funeral. Joe Biden is like that embarrassing uncle who comes to your wedding, gets drunk, grabs the microphone and starts telling dirty jokes and getting the punchlines wrong.

    July 5, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. qa

    you would think obama would have come .........what is shame

    July 6, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  13. AS

    Best way of honoring these heroes is not sending a clown like Biden to make inane and plagiarized statements.

    July 6, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |