Moment of silence, request for disaster designation for Yarnell Hill fire

| July 11 2013

Rep. Paul Gosar Holds Moment of Silence for Yarnell Hill Fire Heroes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) led the House of Representatives today in a moment of silence in remembrance of the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Fire Crew who sacrificed their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. Congressman Gosar represents Yarnell, a Yavapai County town, where the fire burned more than 8,000 acres and claimed the lives of these 19 elite firefighters.

To view a video of the moment of silence click HERE or below.

TRANSCRIPT:

Mr. Speaker, we, the Arizona delegation, rise today in the wake of the tragic Yarnell Hill Fire that has left our hearts, the hearts of Arizonans and the hearts of Americans across the country overwhelmed with disbelief and sadness.

This was the largest loss of life of first-responders since 9/11.

The town of Yarnell and the people of Arizona will never forget and will forever honor the 19 heroes of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshot fire crew who lost their lives in an act of self-sacrificing bravery.

Out of my deepest respect for these fallen heroes, their families and the communities of Prescott, Peeple’s Valley, and Yarnell I ask that you continue to keep them in your prayers.

And, I now ask you to join me and my colleagues for a moment of silence to honor the Yarnell 19’s ultimate act of courage and sacrifice.

 

 Rep. Paul Gosar Issues Letter To President Obama
Urges President to Declare Arizona Federal Major Disaster As A Result Of Yarnell Hill Fire

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Paul  Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04), late Tuesday evening, sent a letter to President Barack Obama formally requesting that he “expeditiously” consider Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s request for a federal Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Arizona as a result of the damage caused by the Yarnell Hill Fire, which claimed 19 lives and destroyed homes in Yavapai County. Rep. Gosar represents the town of Yarnell and nearly all of Yavapai County.

Below is the text of that letter:

July 9, 2013

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Earlier today, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer made a formal request that you declare a federal Major Disaster for the State of Arizona as a result of the Yarnell Hill Fire.  Simultaneously, the Governor requested a Physical Disaster Declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  As the Representative of Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, encompassing the areas directly affected by the fire, I write to strongly support the Governor’s requests, and respectfully ask that your Administration act on those requests expeditiously.

The Yarnell Hill Fire began burning approximately 30 miles southwest of Prescott, Arizona off Hwy 89 on June 28, 2013.  The blaze, still not 100 percent contained, has reached approximately 8,377 acres.  Over the course of the disaster, nineteen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew lost their lives battling the blaze.  Additionally, it is my understanding that the fire has burned hundreds of structures, including more than twenty percent of the homes in the incorporated community of Yarnell, located in Yavapai County.

This disaster has been an overwhelming loss, both in life and asset, for our community.  A federal Major Disaster declaration would greatly assist our community, as the healing and rebuilding effort begins.

On behalf of all the citizens in my district, I would like to thank you for your prompt consideration of these requests.   Please do not hesitate to contact my office with questions, or if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,


_______________________
Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S
Member of Congress

For a PDF version of the letter click HERE.

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