Rachel Maddow, on the Granite Mountain 19

You may or may not agree with her political beliefs, but Rachel Maddow on Monday narrated an excellent video tribute to Hotshot crews, and especially the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on Monday. It also has some historical photos of the Oak Grove Hot Shots in southern California.

To see it full-screen, after the 15-second ad plays click on “Options” then “Fullscreen”.

And please, no comments about politics.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

5 thoughts on “Rachel Maddow, on the Granite Mountain 19”

  1. That was one of the best videos I have seen yet on firefighting. Usually they are corny, downplay what we do, or quite simply make us look like idiots. Thanks for posting the video, I am glad to see that this tragedy is being covered properly by the media.

  2. There is no braver a soldier (the hotshot firefighter) than those who go head on toward the fire battlefield to contain a fire, in order to save lives, livestock and property as well as national resources of citizens they do not know. Their hard work, sacrifice, and bravery is unparalled. I am grief stricken for these 19 brave men who gave their lives for others to be safe. I am grief stricken for their families, friends and co-workers. My deepest respect to those brave warriors. My sympathy to all who loved and knew them. They are heros!

  3. Excellent video clip, and a nice tribute to the Granite Mountain IHC and all firefighters. Let’s hope that all of the National media attention will keep its momentum, and result in a broad national dialogue about wildfires, and more specifically wildfires in the WUI: the need/expectation that wildland firefighters will put themselves at risk to protect structures needs to be addressed before other firefighters suffer a similar fate in the days/months/years ahead. “It ain’t worth dying over” must become the new mantra of our business!

  4. Great piece. Straight forward, explaining things in a way even non-firefighter like myself could understand. Very respectful.

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