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Brewer to keep flags at half-staff for 19 full days

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Governor Jan Brewer announced Wednesday her decision to keep flags at half-staff for a full 19 days in honor of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in Yarnell.

Her initial decree was to have flags at half-staff for 3 days.

"In light of the devastating circumstances surrounding this tragedy, I have made the decision to extend the length of this tribute to a full 19 days - one for each firefighter lost to the Yarnell Fire. These 19 men made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of people and property. As members of the elite Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, they knew well the risk inherent in their jobs, and accepted this burden with honor, selflessness and bravery. The word 'hero' is invoked a lot these days. These men embodied the term, and will forever be remembered as such," Brewer stated.

July 19th will remain lowered until sunset on Friday, July 19.

"Let us keep the memories of these men alive in our hearts, and let our prayers be with their families, friends and all of the firefighters who continue their critical work in Arizona and across our country," she added.

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