Paramedic confirmed the Yarnell Hill firefighter fatalities

The Associated Press acquired records from fire officials disclosing that a paramedic confirmed the deaths of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew June 30 in Arizona.

Below is an excerpt from their article:

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.”

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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.

3 thoughts on “Paramedic confirmed the Yarnell Hill firefighter fatalities”

  1. as a firefighter i am saddened and horrified by this tragedy. but, every day our soldiers with families, and police officers with families are killed in the line of duty. why is there no donation for their families? why is there no public support for their families? why are the firefighters heros, with 7 million in donations, and the soldiers and police offiers are ignored?

  2. The link to “their article” pulls up a different page on the azdailysun website (related to Yarnell, but not about the paramedics).


    — john.


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