Let us be in prayer for 21 year old Brendan McDonough the lone survivor of the Arizona Firefighting Crew

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My buddy Steve Minor from KAZQ TV said when he first heard of the 19 firefighters dying in the wildfire with one of the crew surviving, Steve said, “Can you imagine how the one survivor feels?”  No I can’t, just that he has got to be in a lot of pain. We must pray for Brendan McDonough, he is just 21 years of age. He was serving as a lookout and relaying key information to his colleagues when a raging wildfire trapped and killed them, officials said Tuesday.

 

Brendan McDonough, 21, was in his third season with the 20-member, Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots.

 

He was assigned to be a “heads-up on the hillside” for the team on that fateful afternoon two days ago, said Wade Ward, a Prescott Fire Department spokesman who relayed McDonough’s story at an afternoon news conference.

 

Ward said McDonough “did exactly what he was supposed to” when conditions changed as his team fought the mountain blaze near the town of Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.

 

He notified the other Hotshots that the weather was changing rapidly and told them the fire had switched direction because of the wind. He also told them he was leaving the area and to contact him on the radio if they needed anything, Ward said.

 

Ward received a standing ovation as he implored the media, “Please leave him alone.”

 

McDonough “has no desire to speak to anybody at this point,” he said. “He’s trying to deal with the same things that we’re all trying to deal with, but you can understand how that’s compounded being there on the scene.”

Let us be in prayer for this young man. I am glad folks are speaking up for him that he should be left alone at this time of mourning. lone

 

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