July 1st, 2013
08:18 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama, McCain react to death of firefighters

(CNN) - The deadly wildfire that killed 19 firefighters is a "terrible tragedy," President Barack Obama said in a statement issued overnight as he travels in Africa.

Meanwhile Republican Sen. John McCain, the senior senator from the state, said the "devastating loss" and their "sacrifice will never be forgotten."

Read the full statements below.


"Yesterday, nineteen firefighters were killed in the line of duty while fighting a wildfire outside Yarnell, Arizona. They were heroes - highly-skilled professionals who, like so many across our country do every day, selflessly put themselves in harm's way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet. In recent days, hundreds of firefighters have battled extremely dangerous blazes across Arizona and the Southwest. The federal government is already assisting, and we will remain in close contact with state and local officials to provide the support they need. But today, Michelle and I join all Americans in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families of these brave firefighters and all whose lives have been upended by this terrible tragedy."


"This evening, the families and loved ones of the brave firefighters who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in Central Arizona – as well as those still fighting the fire – are in the thoughts and prayers of all Americans. This devastating loss is a reminder of the grave risks our firefighters take every day on our behalf in Arizona and in communities across this nation. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten."

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    They sacrifice ALL, and yet Congress doesn't mind slashing their budget.

    July 1, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. MaryM

    Condolences to the families of these brave Firefighters

    July 1, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Italmn

    The Firefighters & Police Officers sacrifice their LIVES everyday. ( Republicans ? ) YEA! Lets slash////// their wages and CUT their lively hoods, WE need to Balance the BUDGET ! The GOP ???? Discusting to say the least.

    July 1, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    Merciful Father!! – Hope they were saved and are in Glory, Glory, Hallelujah (Revelation 21: 24)

    July 1, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. rs

    A real tragedy involving real heroes.

    July 1, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. saywhat

    the bravest of the brave these heroes. My heart felt & deepest condolences to the bereaved families.
    I salute them and all firefighters who are always there for us laying their lives on line.

    July 1, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Bessy

    What a real tragedy. Just terrible. My condolences to all of the families and I hope congress can see they are making live harder for heroes like them when they slash their budgets.

    July 1, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |