Records: DPS paramedic reported firefighter deaths - New York News

Records: DPS paramedic reported firefighter deaths

Updated:

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona state helicopter paramedic was calm and straightforward as he radioed in the first confirmation that 19 firefighters were dead in a blaze northwest of Phoenix, recordings released Thursday show.

Paramedic Eric Tarr called Department of Public Safety dispatchers after his pilot dropped him off near the site near Yarnell where the Granite Mountain Hotshots had deployed fire shelters on June 30.

After hiking about 500 yards to the site, Tarr radioed his dispatcher and asked her to tell his pilot, "I have 19 confirmed fatalities."

The confirmation came about 45 minutes after the 19 men on the crew called in and said they were deploying their emergency fire shelters as the blaze roared toward them.

Arizona Division of Forestry officials asked DPS to send a third helicopter to the scene in case it was needed to evacuate injured firefighters, according to the recordings and a dispatch log. The records don't show if the third helicopter ever left from Flagstaff, but the DPS helicopter carrying the pilot and Tarr found the crew quickly.

The DPS records were the first released to The Associated Press since the fire. The AP has requested documents from other agencies, including the Forestry Division, which replied that it was so busy with the fire it didn't have staff to devote to immediately producing the records.

The incident was the worst loss of firefighters in a U.S. wildfire since 1933.

Fire officials declared late Wednesday that the Yarnell Hill Fire --sparked by a lightning strike about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix on June 28 -- was fully contained after burning about 13 square miles.

The Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed when a thunderstorm triggered a wind shift, sending the fire blowing back toward them.

The first funerals for the fallen firefighters began Wednesday, a day after thousands attended a memorial service for the men.

Estimates of how many structures were destroyed range from 114 to 129. Residents have been allowed to return, and a road through the area reopened on Wednesday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Search for masked robbers in Caesars heist

    Search for masked robbers in Caesars heist

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:28:51 GMT
    The hunt is on in southern New Jersey for two suspects who made off with more than $180K from Caesars Atlantic City casino. The brazen robbers reportedly stole the cash from two plastic boxes on the casino floor. The robbery occurred on Monday at about 6 a.m. The masked robbers took off in a vehicle. The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is handling the investigation.
    The hunt is on in southern New Jersey for two suspects who made off with more than $180K from Caesars Atlantic City casino. The brazen robbers reportedly stole the cash from two plastic boxes on the casino floor. The robbery occurred on Monday at about 6 a.m. The masked robbers took off in a vehicle. The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is handling the investigation.
  • Long Island doctor gets 10 years in painkillers probe

    Long Island doctor gets 10 years in painkillers probe

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:23:37 GMT
    A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
    A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
  • Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy

    Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:22:04 GMT
    A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store.Authorities say 71-year-old Robert Durst was arrested Sunday after arguing with store employees. They say he was charged with criminal mischief after urinating on at least $100 worth of candy.His attorney, Chip Lewis, said in a statement Tuesday that they will address the allegations in court.In 2001, D...
    A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store.Authorities say 71-year-old Robert Durst was arrested Sunday after arguing with store employees. They say he was charged with criminal mischief after urinating on at least $100 worth of candy.His attorney, Chip Lewis, said in a statement Tuesday that they will address the allegations in court.In 2001, D...
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices