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7/5/2013 2:27:00 PM
VP Biden, McCain to attend Hotshots' memorial service
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Vice President Joe Biden will attend Tuesday's memorial service for the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, the White House said today.

Also, U.S. Sen. John McCain is said to be another official who will be attending.

The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

The White House hasn't released President Barack Obama's schedule for next week. But it would be unusual for Obama and Biden to attend the same event outside Washington.

Watch for details as information is made available.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Rick Allen

I do not understand most of what is being said here. It was open to the Public, via the Large Screens in the front of the Center. Also, my understanding is that the Center was totally full with Fire Fighters, and others that the Family's invited. I really do not see a problem with how this was handled. The only thing that I noticed in all of this was that Prescott did not want Prescott Valley name mentioned anywhere even though four of the 19 were living in Prescott Valley. It seems like Prescott never wants to mention Prescott Valley in anything, even though they have always sucked the life (money) out of this town. Other than that, I think all went very well for the Memorial Service in Prescott Valley.

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: Lynn Cee

In response to Hind Sight.
I am all for real hind sight: Several days before the fire season broke out there were news stories on several TV stations about federal cuts to funding for forest management and fuel reduction.
And these reports also said that the expense of wildfire fighting was going up as a result. Well I think the cost has gotten awful damned high, especially in Yarnell.
Everyone here knows when the fire season starts. We all know what is needed to prevent and control wild fires. McCain should know. Going to a memorial service after the fact is not helping prevent these fires. This will happen year after year until our reps in Washington grow a pair and demand funding for fire abatement. Town governments also need to enforce fuel reduction/brush clearing/ fire breaks on vacant land within town limits. There are thousands of acres of vacant investor owned land surrounding all of our small towns. There is Gov owned land in the same shape. Looking at it in arial pics, there is no apparent attempt to maintain or mitigate most of these lands.
If the fed politicos are showing up as some sort of apology for their short-comings, I am not buying it.
There is no personal accountability here. Oh yeh, pretty speeches, sympathy for the victims, after the fact. Who's tactless? I'm pissed.
I have first responders in my family. There is nothing to compare to the sheer terror of hearing a news alert about the injury or death of a cop or fire fighter in a city where you know your own loved one works that job.

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013
Article comment by: Hind Sight

Some people are so narrow minded that they assume everyone is as tactless as they are.

Everyone that spoke at this event did it from their heart. Not a political move you tried to make it.

Shame on all of you that spoke before thinking however, I realize a large number of you just don't think.

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013
Article comment by: All for Healing

This was a "darned if you do, darned if you don't" situation. People would complain more stridently if our country's leaders had ignored the memorial, and stayed away from Arizona. Biden knows what it's like to lose loved ones abruptly and tragically. No matter your political bent, you should recognize a compassionate speech when you hear one. I hope the families took comfort. They also are having private memorials this week, with no media.

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Article comment by: Dennis Repan

I agree with Lynn Cee and the rest of those who commented. This turned into a political event, down to the most local level. The actual ceremonies were not open to the public. I guess most politicians feel that they are special and not part of the general public. (Remember that, the next time you vote.) I can only hope those that attended also attended the service that was held at the high school in Prescott.

Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Article comment by: Lynn Cee

Ummm. This is so repulsive, there simply are no "clean" words I can use to express my disgust.

Bless the lost, and heal their homes and families.

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: Sad Times

I agree "Prescott Residents". If Biden and McCain truly respected this mourning community, they would invite the families to Washington, at a later time, and honor them in private. Instead, they bring their tyranny to Prescott Valley, where they are not welcome and shut those that really do care and really are mourning, out! Welcome to the new world order and globalist government of America.

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott residents

I am a resident of one of Prescott's suburbs. Because of the political parties now attending, this event is now closed to the public. There are multiple communities effected by this horrible tragity and now folks can't pay their respects and honor our hero's.

Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Bolander

This memorial service is to honor our fallen heroes and hopefully provide some healing for their families and our community.

The last thing we need are the VP and Senator politicking, campaigning and taking advantage of photo-ops. Not to mention the respective security issues and media coverage turning this otherwise solemn event into a three-ring circus.

Thanks, but no thanks . . .

Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Article comment by: m m

Well even if they are just acting like they care, then I am glad they are acting like they care. We should all care.

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: What for

this isn't a political event? This is a community event to honor the 19 men and their family and friends. Nothing need politicians here for. There are going to cause a lot of media hoopla, security and additional traffic that we don't need.

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