Fallen Hotshots' families to lead Fiesta Bowl parade - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Fallen Hotshots' families to lead Fiesta Bowl parade

Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots in Arizona (Source: CBS 5 News) Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots in Arizona (Source: CBS 5 News)
Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix. (Source: File/CBS 5 News) Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix. (Source: File/CBS 5 News)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

Families of the 19 fallen Yarnell Hill firefighters will serve as Grand Marshals of the 43rd Annual Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade.

The parade will step off at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28 in central Phoenix.

"We are honored to have the Yarnell Hill families lead this year's Fiesta Bowl Parade," Fiesta Bowl Board Chairman Brian Hall said. "Their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers are Arizona heroes who will never be forgotten."

The fallen firefighters were members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, part of the Prescott Fire Department. They died on June 30 while battling the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill fire that ignited south of Prescott.

The parade's annual theme, "Spirit of the Southwest," honors the essence of Arizona's breathtaking desert landscapes and unique cultural heritage, organizers said in a statement.

"It is events like this and people like you, Fiesta Bowl organization, which allow us to tell the stories and celebrate the lives of extraordinary men that sacrificed every day," the Granite Mountain Hotshots families said in a statement.

In the five months since the tragedy, many charities were formed to provide support for the firefighters' families. People interested in making a donation can do so here.

The Fiesta Bowl organization says it has been a tradition of theirs to honor and support police, fire and U.S. military service personnel.

In December 2001, the parade included New York City firefighters and police officers to salute their heroic efforts on 9/11. The organization also frequently donates bowl game tickets to active service personnel and firefighters. It has invited the Yarnell Hill families to attend the 25th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on the night of the parade.  

"Thank you for not only recognizing the ultimate sacrifice that our brothers made, but thank you for recognizing the sacrifice it takes at home from our families," the Prescott Fire Department said in a statement.

The parade, presented by Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, is free to the public but reserved seating is available for $25 through the Fiesta Bowl Ticket Office at 480-350-0911 pr by visiting www.fiestabowl.org

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • City of Lubbock issues warning due to increase in recreational water illnesses

    City of Lubbock issues warning due to increase in recreational water illnesses

    Friday, July 28 2017 12:41 PM EDT2017-07-28 16:41:38 GMT
    City of Lubbock Health Department offers vaccinations at summer festival (Source: City of Lubbock)City of Lubbock Health Department offers vaccinations at summer festival (Source: City of Lubbock)

    Information provided by the City of Lubbock The City of Lubbock Health Department has seen an increase in reports of recreational water illnesses (RWIs) including Cryptosporidium (Crypto). RWIs are caused by germs spread by swallowing or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, water play areas, and natural bodies of water such as lakes. 

    Information provided by the City of Lubbock The City of Lubbock Health Department has seen an increase in reports of recreational water illnesses (RWIs) including Cryptosporidium (Crypto). RWIs are caused by germs spread by swallowing or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, water play areas, and natural bodies of water such as lakes. 

  • Disabled Texans say bathroom bill could further complicate their lives

    Disabled Texans say bathroom bill could further complicate their lives

    Octavio Armendariz, 8, smiles as he watches cartoons on his iPad in his living room at his home in El Paso, Texas. Octavio has moderate-to-severe autism and severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneOctavio Armendariz, 8, smiles as he watches cartoons on his iPad in his living room at his home in El Paso, Texas. Octavio has moderate-to-severe autism and severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

    For Octavio Armendariz, using the bathroom while he’s home is no big deal. When the autistic eight-year-old is out in public with his mom, it’s a different story.

    For Octavio Armendariz, using the bathroom while he’s home is no big deal. When the autistic eight-year-old is out in public with his mom, it’s a different story.

  • Texas executes man who claimed his lawyers committed fraud

    Texas executes man who claimed his lawyers committed fraud

    TaiChin Preyor was sentenced to death in the 2004 slaying of Jami Tackett in Bexar County. (Source: TDCJ)TaiChin Preyor was sentenced to death in the 2004 slaying of Jami Tackett in Bexar County. (Source: TDCJ)

    After more than 12 years on death row, a San Antonio man convicted in a fatal stabbing was executed Thursday night. It was Texas’ fifth execution of the year.

    After more than 12 years on death row, a San Antonio man convicted in a fatal stabbing was executed Thursday night. It was Texas’ fifth execution of the year.

Powered by Frankly