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RIP Prescott Hotshots

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by BrotherBart, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    19 people that died doing what they loved to do. Protecting people from fire.

    I cannot imagine doing what they lived to do.

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    These guys are heroes. They run to danger to save other's property and lives. My heart goes out to their families and community. This is a tragic loss. To lose 19 at once has to be devastating.
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  3. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    It's tough. I'm reminded of a song called Cold Missouri Waters on an album called Cry, Cry, Cry sung by Richard Shindell about the Mann Gulch fire in 1949. It's a very moving song.

    http://www.mysongbook.de/msb/songs/c/coldmiss.html


    Cold Missouri Waters
    (Words & music James Keelaghan)
    My name is Dodge, but then you know that
    It's written on the chart there at the foot end of the bed
    They think I'm blind, I can't read it
    I've read it every word, and every word it says is death
    So, Confession - is that the reason that you came
    Get it off my chest before I check out of the game
    Since you mention it, well there's thirteen things I'll name
    Thirteen crosses high above the cold Missouri waters

    August 'Forty-Nine, north Montana
    The hottest day on record, the forest tinder dry
    Lightning strikes in the mountains
    I was crew chief at the jump base, I prepared the boys to fly
    Pick the drop zone, C-47 comes in low
    Feel the tap upon your leg that tells you go
    See the circle of the fire down below
    Fifteen of us dropped above the cold Missouri waters

    Gauged the fire, I'd seen bigger
    So I ordered them to sidehill and we'd fight it from below
    We'd have our backs to the river
    We'd have it licked by morning even if we took it slow
    But the fire crowned, jumped the valley just ahead
    There was no way down, headed for the ridge instead
    Too big to fight it, we'd have to fight that slope instead
    Flames one step behind above the cold Missouri waters

    Sky had turned red, smoke was boiling
    Two hundred yards to safety, death was fifty yards behind
    I don't know why I just thought it
    I struck a match to waist high grass running out of time
    Tried to tell them, Step into this fire I set
    We can't make it, this is the only chance you'll get
    But they cursed me, ran for the rocks above instead
    I lay face down and prayed above the cold Missouri waters

    And when I rose, like the phoenix
    In that world reduced to ashes there were none but two survived
    I stayed that night and one day after
    Carried bodies to the river, wonder how I stayed alive
    Thirteen stations of the cross to mark to their fall
    I've had my say, I'll confess to nothing more
    I'll join them now, because they left me long before
    Thirteen crosses high above the cold Missouri waters
    Thirteen crosses high above the cold Missouri shore
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  4. NE WOOD BURNER

    NE WOOD BURNER Minister of Fire

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    velvetfoot: Great share and very fitting.
  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Doing what they loved to do.

    Hope the fire blankets/sacks they carry into the field get a big design change.
    The name of the new improved bag should be "The Prescott 19"
    Be a great tribute to them & save future Fire fighters lives.
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  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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  7. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    From what I found online, the fire shelters are 2003.
    I don't know anything about them.

    But like most things, maybe they can be improved.

    Like you said , They have saved many lives, & can only do so much when a fires turns on you.
  8. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    RIP Brothers. If only my tears could have put out the fire.
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  9. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    Our firefighters deserve our deepest appreciation, gratitude and support to them and their families.
    Years of successfully putting out and preventing forest fired has resulted in the deep buildup of tinder only making their job harder. With so many homes now deep in the forest area, preventive burning is less possible. Don't know the answers. Don't think loss of property is possible in some areas.
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