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Dan Saltzman

Commissioner, City of Portland

Phone: 503-823-4151

Fax: 503-823-3036

1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 230, Portland, OR 97204

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Statement to City Council Regarding Arizona firefighters (Jul 3, 2013)

Earlier this week, Arizona lost 19 of its most skilled firefighters from Prescott while battling a wildfire raging through the small town of Yarnell. It’s a tragedy in the greatest order and our sympathy goes to the firefighters, their families, the cities of Prescott and Yarnell, and the state of Arizona. We cannot even begin to imagine their sorrow and how overwhelmed they must feel. This is every Fire Department’s nightmare.

While there is a science to fire, like most things in nature it is willful and unpredictable. Firefighters go on duty each day knowing their work is dangerous; the risks are high, but so is the return—helping people and our community stay safe. These Hotshots were the best of the best. They are now forever in our hearts and their sacrifice will not be forgotten.