Crew member who survived deadly Yarnell Hill Fire appointed to serve on memorial site board


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PHOENIX — The surviving member of an Arizona firefighting crew who nearly all perished in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire will serve on a board that will oversee creation of a memorial for his fallen comrades.

Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin on Tuesday announced the appointment of former Granite Mountain Hotshots crew member Brendan McDonough as his seventh and final appointment to the 14-member board.

McDonough was on lookout duty away from 19 other Hotshots when they descended into a brush-choked area. They were killed when rapidly moving flames from the Yarnell Hill Fire overtook their position on June 30.

The board is being created under a 2014 state law that also authorizes establishment of the memorial itself.

The firefighters all worked for the Prescott Fire Department.

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