Service honors 19 Hotshots killed in Arizona fire

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Thousands of firefighters from around the nation are paying their final respects at a memorial for 19 members of an elite Arizona Hotshot crew killed in a wildfire June 30.
   
Vice President Joe Biden and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also are at Tuesday's memorial in a packed arena in Prescott Valley, Ariz.
   
The sole survivor of the 20-man crew is slated to recite what's called "The Hot Shot's Prayer." Brendan McDonough was serving as a lookout and wasn't in the immediate burn zone when the other firefighters died.
   
The 19 men from the Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun by a wind-driven wildfire in Yarnell about 30 miles from the crew's home base in Prescott. Their deaths were the largest loss of firefighters in the nation since Sept. 11, 2001.

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