This week marked the ninth anniversary of the tragic passing of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots, who lost their lives fighting the 2013 Yarnell Hill wildfire. To this day, words cannot express my sadness to the families of these brave first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our community. Their complete selflessness and courage to answer the call of duty when we needed them most are eternal. Their spirit to boldly act and protect the defenseless will never perish.
Earlier this week, I introduced the Granite Mountain Hotshots Commemorative Coin Act, legislation that honors the firefighters through the creation of commemorative coins. Although nothing will ever replace the husbands, fathers and sons that were lost, this is a small but fitting way to memorialize and cherish the lives of these brave heroes.
Click here to learn more about the Granite Mountain Hotshots Commemorative Coin Act.