In honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, Governor Jan Brewer is ordering all U.S. flags at all state office building be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset, Sunday, October 12, 2014.  Brewer is paying special regard to Arizona’s own Yarnell firefighters who lost their lives battling a

wildfire last year.  According to a statement released by Governor Brewer, “Every October, America pays tribute to the brave firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty over the past year. This weekend, our Nation recognizes 107 fallen heroes, whose deaths serve as a solemn reminder of the daily perils and selfless sacrifices of first responders. 

“This year is an especially poignant occasion, as among those 107 men and women are the names of Arizona’s 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots. We are forever grateful to the Yarnell 19, all past and present firefighters, and all first responders, for their noble service.  They devote and knowingly risk their lives to defend people and property – and while they do not seek our praise, they have earned it eternally.”

She adds, “Let us continue to pray for our fallen firefighters and their families, and for the safety of all who continue to serve in this honorable and heroic position.”

Brewer is encouraging all Arizonans to join in this tribute.

Kris Dugan