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Firefighters Killed Facing the Firestorm-12

In this Tuesday, July 2, 2013 photo, a former member of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew wears a purple ribbon on his chest before a candlelight vigil for the 19 crew members lost, in Prescott, Ariz. In American culture, the firefighter is almost a mythic being. Immortalized in movies such as "Backdraft" and "Ladder 49," they do things that most people could never conceive of doing. It is no different in the wildland firefighting community, where men and women armed with little more than axes, shovels and chain saws face mountainsides engulfed in flames and hope to bring that force of nature to heel. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)


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