Arizonans pay tribute to 19 firefighters killed in wildfire

Elite firefighters in the US city of Prescott have gathered to remember 19 colleagues who were killed battling a wildfire in Arizona at the weekend.

Many of them were visibly upset as they held a moment of silence during a memorial service.

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Firefighters mourn during a moment of silence for the 19 firefighters who died at a memorial service in Prescott, Arizona
Firefighters mourn during a moment of silence for the 19 firefighters who died at a memorial service in Prescott, Arizona Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Other members of the public paid tribute to their sacrifice at a makeshift memorial where they left flowers, prayers and US flags.

A photo of Wade Parker, one of 19 firefighters who died
A photo of Wade Parker, one of 19 firefighters who died Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott
A woman carries her dog as she views a makeshift memorial in Prescott, Arizona
A woman carries her dog as she views a makeshift memorial in Prescott, Arizona Credit: REUTERS/Joshua Lott

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