The Blog is mostly dedicated to the topic of Dodger happenings on and off the field. Every once in a while, however, topics that transcend fansmanship and even the game itself should be brought up.
This past weekend, nineteen men who were part of a “hot shots” fire crew in Arizona died in the Yarnell Fire. Working in extreme conditions in incredible heat, these men gave their lives doing one of the most dangerous jobs out there: fighting fires on the front lines, cutting line and attempting to stop the fires from spreading, protecting major populated areas from fires that might otherwise march on those areas out of control.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently talking about ways that they can allow for fan contributions and donations to help out the town of Yarnell and the families of those who lost loved ones over the weekend in Arizona in this terrible tragedy. The team plans to wear arm patches dedicated to those men for the remainder of this season.
Meanwhile, in New York City, the Diamondbacks and Mets held a moment of silence before tonight’s game to remember the brave men who lost their lives, with both teams featuring a “Yarnell 19” jersey on their respective dugout walls in tribute to the men who lost their lives.
Please take a moment to remember the men who lost their lives on the front lines of the Yarnell fire this weekend. May their families be comforted and may these men rest in peace.
- Diamondbacks to honor victims of Yarnell wildfire (timesleader.com)
- Nineteen firefighters killed battling Arizona blaze (stuff.co.nz)
- Fire grows as US mourns 19 firefighters (bigpondnews.com)
- Obama statement on Yarnell fire tragedy (azstarnet.com)
- Diamondbacks and Mets honor Arizona’s fallen firefighters (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)