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Happy Independence Day!

I must admit I feel as if I have been in a complete daze the last few days. I am sure you have heard of the news of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Fire last Sunday. This tragedy has really hit me, because I knew the majority of the men. I grew up in Prescott, AZ graduating high school at Prescott High School along side most of the men who passed away, as well as some of their wives. They were so very young, three men only months away from becoming Father's, some men month's from being married, some men just recently married, and some men with very very small children. The other day my father who owns a little store downtown Prescott wrote a blog post on his shop blog and he says it so well I thought I would just quote him,
"Prescott is a small community. The hotshots were not from Yarnell, they were from Prescott. One friend of ours commented that, "everyone in Prescott is separated by only one or two degrees from the firefighters who died". Everyone either knows one or more of the hotshots, or they know someone who was a friend of these heroic men. The loss has hit our community hard. As the summer monsoons have begun, the late afternoon low, gray clouds are a reflection of the somber mood in our little town. We have 19 funerals to prepare for during what is supposed to be our biggest week of the World's oldest rodeo, the 4th of July, and a wave of tourist and visitors that Prescott welcomes each year. Instead of a jovial mood, we mourn the loss of our brave men."
As a little girl the 4th of July was always a BIG event. Prescott has the World's Oldest Rodeo and people flock to the little town from all over the World. I feel as if now from this moment on this day to those of us from Prescott, AZ will not only be a reminder of our independence, but also be a reminder of all the men and woman who in uniform who have lost their lives fighting for us, especially these men.  Sadly this year I won't be celebrating the 4th of July in Prescott, AZ since I am assuming the traffic will be dangerously insane and I am about 3 hours away, but most importantly I will be with my husband and children loving them every moment I can! I hope you all have a blessed and safe 4th of July!
P.S. The Skill Builder FMQ Lesson #6 will be posted tomorrow.

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  • Jess @ Quilty Habit says...

    Beautiful post, Alyssa. I’m thinking of everyone in Prescott. I was wondering if you heard of this effort to make quilts for the families? They are in need of a lot of people. http://layersofhopequilting911.blogspot.com/

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jennifer Hornstein says...

    Thanks Alyssa, we all need to hear and share this today. God bless the USA and all the people of Prescott.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kristin Link says...

    Oh Alyssa, I am so sorry. What a tragedy for your whole community. This happened in Prineville, Oregon in the 90s and the whole state felt the loss. I’ll keep the families in my heart today and think about all we have to be thankful for.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Lani says...

    Our hearts and prayers are with you and all of your loved ones from Prescott. May you have peace and comfort knowing so many mourn with you. These great men were truly heroes and the lives they gave give real meaning to this Independence Day.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Sheri Andresen says...

    my heart goes out to you and everyone who lost a son, a brother a husband, a father a friend in this horrific event

    On August 20, 2014

  • Susan says...

    So incredibly sad. My prayers have been with the families and friends of these brave men since I heard about the tragedy last Sunday. Have a safe 4th of July enjoying your family.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Cristina Jimenez says...

    Hi Alyssa:

    I’m from Costa Rica and my husband was a fireman for over 10 years, your home town tragedy hit my heart as I feared something like this every day he went to work. My prayers are with all to those who lost a hero


    On August 20, 2014

  • Liz Mackay says...

    Dear Alyssa, This is such a stunning and heartbreaking loss. Our love and prayers from NYC go out to you and all the families. Liz

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jean says...

    I have a friend from Prescott that I met online. She owns a local resale shop there. Through her I’ve learned about how close and intimate of a community Prescott is. A great place to live and be from! The moment I heard of this tragedy my heart sank, as I knew that so many people knew these brave young men.

    They’ve been in my thoughts and prayers, as well as the townspeople. The men fought a good fight. Bless them.

    On August 20, 2014

  • barb price says...

    Alyssa: my heart is heavy and i had goosebumps as i read your fathers post, such a tragedy, even here in Canada it leads our newscasts. A loss of that magnitude will be a long time healing from, my heart goes to the young families of the men, so many just beginning their lives. i will keep you in my prayers

    On August 20, 2014

  • Penny G says...

    So sorry for your loss. These brave men chose their lives and were aware of the risks. They trained for most of the things that could happen, but Mother Nature cruelly did something unexpected that they couldn’t avoid. They were heroes and they will be remembered as such. Hopefully they will not be quickly forgotten by those who didn’t know them but have benefited from their works.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Donna P says...

    On this day we celebrate our country’s freedom and at the same time, we should celebrate these heroes lives as well. Though they be sorely missed, their courage should serve as inspiration to us all.
    Paryers for those saddenedd hearts

    On August 20, 2014

  • sondra says...

    I was soooo saddened to hear about the loss of these firemen. It is so hard to believe that this happened. Our thoughts are with their families and friends. They have done so much to help others. Bless them all. Sondra

    On August 20, 2014

  • Debi Hassler says...

    It is so very sad to see so many lives cut short. I don’t know how many were believers, but for those who were, their lives are just beginning in a far better place, where no pain and sorrow dwells. For those family members who are left behind and feeling crushed in this loss, we pray God will surround them with His comfort and healing. We thank God for those who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way in order to save the lives of others. They are courageous and worthy of honor. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 (esv)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kelli says...

    Oh Alyssa, I am so sorry for you and for the families and friends of those lost. It is always so hard to see heroes and hard workers lost. We’ll be praying for all of those involved.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Stephanie @ Quarter Incher says...

    Thanks for writing about this Alyssa. It was a very nice tribute to the brave men that fought the fires. I’ll keep the family & friends of the men in my prayers.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Donna P says...

    On this day we celebrate our country’s freedom and at the same time, we should celebrate these heroes lives as well. Though they be sorely missed, their courage should serve as inspiration to us all.
    Prayers for those saddened hearts.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Linda says...

    Alyssa, I join in your sadness. I am not from Prescott. I am from San Diego, but I have 5 sons, and I mourn for these young men who lost their lives trying to save others. I finally had to stop following the news stories about this horrible event because I started crying every time. I can’t imagine losing one of my sons in such a horrible way, although losing a son for any reason is heart-breaking as I found out two years ago. My thoughts and prayers are for the mothers and fathers, wives, children and friends of these brave young men, and for the one who survived, and I imagine has terrible survivor’s guilt.

    xo Linda

    On August 20, 2014

  • barbara corbitt says...

    i am so sorry for the loss Prescott has suffered. my heart and prayers go out to the family and friends they left behind. i know how painful losing a loved one so suddenly feels. my daughter had quit her state job and moved from over seven hours away to take care of me after i suffered a brain anurysm. tragically, just four days after she moved in, she died in my arms from a blood clot to her lung. she was only 36.
    i cannot imagine losing that many friends and relatives at one time. most people realize the danger that police officers face every day, but dont think so much about firemen and fire fighters and the dangers they face. that is something americans need to rectify. i keep the rest of the firefighters and their families in prayer also. barbara babscorbitt@gmail.com

    On August 20, 2014

  • Dianne Ritter says...

    There are no words to adequately express the sorrow that one feels when a tragedy such as this occurs. All I can do is let you and the people who loved those brave souls know that my heart aches for their loss.
    If a loving spirit can cross the miles and bring comfort then please know that mine is there with you.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jenelle says...

    During college, my husband (then fiancée) fought fires during the summer and this was my worst nightmare. When he had the chance after college to make it a career, I asked him to consider another line of work instead because the uncertainty of not knowing if he was safe and not being able to talk to him for weeks and weeks was torture. It’s such an important job, but also very hard on the families of the men and women who put themselves in harms way each day. I’m so sorry Alyssa for the loss that your community must collectively feel and for the families who undoubtedly have much healing ahead of them.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Adri H. says...

    I’m so sorry for your loss, and the loss that the community is feeling at this moment. You all are in my thoughts.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Karrie Smith says...

    I’m so sorry Alyssa ;(

    While this is a super sad tragedy, you never really know the people that it affects. I’m so sorry that your town is going through such a huge loss. I’ve seen a lot of the wifes on the news and it breaks my heart. One man had 4 kids (his wife was on tv and looked so young). All these men died as Heroes. Everyone is saying how sad and how big of a tragedy it is. I send prayers your way for all the family and friends of these men, and especially for the kids, babies, and the soon to be born babies of these awesome, heroic men that died trying to save the homes, people, and town(s) of so many people.

    big HUG


    On August 20, 2014

  • Anne says...

    This is a beautiful tribute. What a tragedy. To lose 19 firefighters ( or anyone doing a job that helps others) is terrible but for them to be from one town is shocking. i just lost my mother but she was elderly, had lived a long life and was very ill. Even so it hit me hard. I can only begin to imagine the grief the families of such young men, fiancees, fathers and fathers-to-be. I pray God will give them peace and people to surround and comfort them.

    On August 20, 2014

  • GG says...

    What a tragedy especially b/c they were so young. My heart goes out to you & I will pray for the Holy Spirit to extend not only to you but for all the families that lost a loved one. Thanks for sharing your post.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Camilla says...

    Such a terrible thing. We are no stranger to fires here in Australia and back home in NZ we totally get the small communities facing disaster thing with the Pike River mining tragedy; so we feel for you all and the families of these men so very much.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Katy(LethargicLass) says...

    oh Alyssa… I already thought the tragedy was awful but knowing now that someone I know is hurt by it makes it even worse… I wish I could give you and everyone in Prescott a hug right now…

    On August 20, 2014

  • Marianne says...

    Thinking of you and the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Ivy says...

    I am so sorry for this loss, Alyssa! My heart goes out to you and yours, and all of the men and their friends and families :`(

    On August 20, 2014

  • kirsten says...

    Alyssa, so sorry to hear of this. Praying for you and your community.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Adrienne says...

    Hi Alyssa,
    Sincere sympathy for the loss your home town of Prescott has suffered. I have been thinking about those brave 19 men during my quiet moments each day, and it is so painful to think of these young men with their lives still ahead of them, who gave theirs so bravely. I just can’t even imagine the pain their parents and loved ones are enduring every waking moment of every day. I am from New Zealand and can remember awful disasters on the sea and in the mountains, with great loss of life from my city and the sense of loss that impacts everyone. I have two sons and just can’t imagine that overwhelming loss. Just know that the parents and loved ones of those brave firefighters of Prescott are being remembered far beyond that town.

    On August 20, 2014

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