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Forrest/Lamar firefighters honor Arizona fallen firefighters

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Firefighters carry a firehose with the names of 19 fallen Arizona firefighters written on it during a memorial walk Thursday. Firefighters carry a firehose with the names of 19 fallen Arizona firefighters written on it during a memorial walk Thursday.
FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Dozens of volunteer firefighters and their families, mostly from Forrest County, gathered Thursday for a special memorial event to honor the 19 Arizona firefighters who died battling a wildfire last Sunday.

They took part in a memorial walk at the Dixie Community Park.

Firefighters from Dixie, McLaurin, Brooklyn and other departments made 19 laps around the park's walking trail...one lap for each firefighter who lost his life.

They carried an American flag and a firehose, with the names of all of the fallen firefighters written on it.

"Everyday, we have tragic loss in the fire service, but losing 19 at one time was a great loss and it kind of hits home," said Billy Alford, assistant chief of the Dixie Volunteer Fire Department.    

"Regardless of where you live or whatever fire department you're in, it's still one big brotherhood and that's basically what the whole fire department's all about is one big brotherhood," said Orin Perry, chief of the McLaurin Fire Department.

Organizers of the walk say the firehose with the names of the Arizona firefighters will be put in a place of honor at the Dixie Fire Department.   

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