Before Friday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies, the Arizona Diamondbacks paid tribute to the 19 firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill fire last week.
The Diamondbacks and Rockies both wore hats that said Prescott Fire Dept. during pregame warmups. The D-backs also wore special jerseys that said “Arizona” in block letters on the front and a “19” patch over the heart instead of their normal “D-backs” to express solidarity with the entire state.
The video below is incredibly touching. After 19 seconds of silence, the honor band of the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona played “Amazing Grace” while images of the fallen heroes were shown on the Jumbotron in center field. The oldest to perish was 43, while 14 were in their 20s, and four wives of the deceased are expecting children.
Though the fire is no 80 percent contained, 20 men from the Granite Mountain Hotshots volunteered to combat the blaze in rough terrain 100 miles north of Phoenix when zero percent was contained. Nineteen of them died fighting the blaze.
Video of the touching tribute is below: