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Phoenix Police Shroud Badges for Fallen Firefighters

July 01, 2013  | 

Photo via Phoenix PD/Facebook.
Photo via Phoenix PD/Facebook.
Phoenix Police officers began wearing a shroud over their badges Monday to honor the 19 firefighters who perished Sunday fighting a 6,000-acre fire in northwest Arizona.

Chief Daniel Garcia authorized his officers to wear the shroud covering a strip in the middle of the agency's badge for the firefighters killed in the Yarnall Fire. In an announcement on its Facebook page, the agency cited its "special kinship with the fire department."

On Monday, the bodies of the fallen men were transported in a somber caravan to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's office, reports the Arizona Republic.

"The loss of so many firefighters in a single event is horrific and strikes at the heart of first responders everywhere," according to a Phoneix PD statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and co-workers of these fallen heroes."

Comments (5)

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Bruce Roberts @ 7/1/2013 6:10 PM

RIP brothers. Your shift is over, rest knowing that you are heros to us all and especially your brother police officers.

Jim A @ 7/1/2013 7:04 PM

There has always been a little bit of a rivalry between fire fighters and law enforcement officers. It is kine of like that rivalry between the Army and Navy. But we all realize we are on the same side - especially this tiime.

I had not heard of this. God bless those lost, their families, and friends. I am so sad.

Denise P @ 7/2/2013 7:20 AM

Words cannot express the hurt and lost that I felt hearing of the loss of these brave fire fighters. Begin a first responder myself, I know that they where doing their job unselfishly, putting service before self. May GOD give their families the grace, mercy, peace and understanding over the days and months to come. RIP

Trigger @ 7/2/2013 7:26 AM

Anthony Rose, 23; Eric Marsh, 43; Robert Caldwell, 23; Clayton Whitted , 28; Scott Norris, 28; Dustin Deford, 24; Sean Misner, 26; Garret Zuppiger, 27; Travis Carter, 31; Grant McKee, 21; Travis Turbyfill, 27; JesseSteed, 36; Wade Parker, 22; Joe Thurston, 32; William Warneke, 25; John Percin, 24;Kevin Woyjeck, 21; Chris MacKenzie, 30; and Andrew Ashcraft, 29. Gentlemen thank you for your service and dedication. May the Good Lord hold you and your families close.

Henry Johnson @ 7/2/2013 4:30 PM

Perhaps a challenge coin can be made honoring the fallen firefighters. The money raised can be donated to the victim's families.

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