The Los Alamos Fire Department is collecting donations for the families of the 19 firefighters in the Granite Mountain Hot Shot crew who tragically lost their lives Sunday, June 30 in the Yarnell Wildfire in Prescott, Ariz.
The 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.
Visit the LAFD table at the Fourth of July event at Overlook Park Thursday to sign a banner for the families with your condolences, or to make a contribution. LAFD also is in the process of setting up an account for the families through Los Alamos National Bank so contributions can be made after the event. The account should be set up by next week.
“These brave men and women were here in Los Alamos just a short time ago. They directly supported our community in our greatest time of need,” Fire Chief Troy Hughes said. “Now, it’s time for us to give back to their families who are suffering this tremendous loss. I hope that everyone who turns out to the Fourth of July celebration will take just a few minutes to sign the banner and make a donation to this worthwhile cause, or stop by LANB and contribute to the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Families Account.”