July 01, 2013

Udall Statement on Firefighter Deaths in Arizona

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tom Udall today issued the following statement on the news regarding firefighter deaths that occurred in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona:

"Today all Americans are mourning the tragic deaths of 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed battling a fire outside Yarnell, Arizona. They are heroes who put themselves in harm's way for the safety of others. New Mexicans are especially thankful for their assistance fighting the recent Thompson Ridge Fire in our state. We will never forget them, and our hearts and prayers go out to their loved ones. All of New Mexico understands the risks firefighters face, and as we remember the sacrifice of the 19 who gave their lives this week, we'll be doing everything we can to support all the firefighters battling dangerous fires in our state and around the nation."