Firefighters are among the bravest. Our collective debt to these brave men and women is enormous, as the two mass casualty fires in Texas and Arizona during 2013 remind us once again.
Today America is served by 110 Hotshot Fire Teams who head into all kinds of terrain to fight wildfires that are becoming more frequent and bigger. One such team suffered 19 fatalities out of 20 person unit in Arizona. Please take 10 minutes to read this account of that team's final day and minutes serving us.