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Procession brings home fallen Ariz. firefighters

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Just as they were taken one at a time from the scene of their deaths, 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire a week ago will be returned to their home in the Arizona mountains on Sunday.

Each elite Hotshot firefighter will be in his own hearse as the hourslong procession takes the men's bodies from a coroner's office in Phoenix, through the town where they died and on to where they lived in the mountain community of Prescott.

American flags that were draped over the men's bodies in Yarnell have stayed with them since and will be with them until they are buried. After that, the flags will be given to their families.

The hearses will be accompanied by motorcycle escorts and honor guard members.

It's unclear how long the procession will last, but the route is about 125 miles long.

Since their fellow firefighters arrived at the scene where they were killed, the fallen firefighters have not been alone, a tradition among those in the profession in the U.S.


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