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Diamondbacks and Mets honor Arizona’s fallen firefighters

Jul 1, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

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Stadiums across baseball are observing a moment of silence this evening to honor the 19 firefighters who lost their lives yesterday while battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona. The tragedy was the deadliest single incident for U.S. firefighters since September 11, 2001.

The Diamondbacks are miles away from their home state tonight while playing in New York, but they honored the memory of the fallen firefighters by hanging a “19 Yarnell” jersey in the visiting dugout at Citi Field. The Mets made the very same gesture.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times notes that the Diamondbacks will wear black jerseys for their next home series, which is set to begin this Friday against the Rockies.

  1. indaburg - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    What an horrific tragedy. My deepest condolences.

  2. timmons94 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    What a sad, sad, sad day. Rip u amazing human beings . No words can describe this horrible tragedy

  3. kicksave1980 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Sending positive thoughts to the families of the lost firefighters as well as everyone who have lost everything due to these fires. And such a class move on the Mets part for hanging a jersey in their dugout as well.

  4. youngwomanscreek - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    RIP hotshots, and many prayers for the families and friends.
    Here’s hoping they can somewhat figure out what went wrong and make improvements as soon as possible. Fire seasons aren’t getting any easier.

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