Firefighter camaraderie draws thousands to Arizona
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters William Benitez and Lou Larosa were fresh out of the New York City Fire Department when terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people, including hundreds of first responders.
The days ahead were tough as the two rookies and their colleagues attended dozens of funerals, while thousands of their fellow firefighters came from around the country to show support.
It’s that camaraderie among firefighters that drew Benitez, Larosa and nearly a dozen others from their department, including the chief, to a massive memorial service in Arizona honoring 19 members of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots. The elite crew died June 30 when a wind-fueled, out-of-control fire overran them as they tried to protect a former gold-mining town from the inferno.
“It’s very important to have a big showing ... show the family there are people there for them,” Benitez said Tuesday after the service that drew some 8,000 people.
Egypt’s Muslims will refuse offer to join a new government
CAIRO (AP) — A spokesman for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says the group will reject any offer to join an interim government to replace the administration of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
Newly appointed Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi is to begin forming a Cabinet on Wednesday, and has said he will offer the Brotherhood — which helped propel Morsi to the presidency — posts in a new government.
A Brotherhood spokesman dismissed any talk of joining a military-backed administration, and said talk of national reconciliation is “irrelevant.” He spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns for his security.
Morsi was deposed on July 3 after four days of massive protests demanding he step down, prompting the military to step in and oust him.