COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Fire Department is wrapping up donation collections for the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots who tragically lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill Wildfire in Prescott, Ariz. June 30.

These same firefighters defended Los Alamos and Los Alamos National Laboratory from the Las Conchas Fire of June 2011, and more recently from the threat of the Thompson Ridge Fire in the Jemez Mountains west of Los Alamos.

LAFD firefighters will host a table at the summer concert this Friday evening at Marimac Plaza where they will offer the opportunity for residents to sign a banner and make a contribution.

Those unable to attend Friday’s concert can either stop by LANB and ask to donate to the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Families account before 5 p.m. Monday, or, stop by Fire Administration Offices Monday at 999 Central Ave. (Second Floor) to sign the banner and make a contribution.

To date, $20,460 has been collected in donations. Fire Chief Troy Hughes said the County will close out the LANB account Tuesday morning, then send the banner and donations to the United Way in Prescott next week to share with the families.

“I would like to give a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has stopped by to make a donation or sign the banner for these families,” Hughes said this morning. “The generous outpouring of support and contributions that we have seen from Los Alamos and White Rock residents toward the Granite Mountain Hot Shots’ families has been truly heartwarming – thanks to everyone for your support.”