Posted: Jul 3, 2013 8:59 PM by MTN News
FRENCHTOWN - Frenchtown firefighters say they were heartbroken over the deaths of the Arizona hot shot crew because they've worked with Prescott firefighters in the past.
After learning about the death of the 19 Arizona firefighters on Sunday, the Frenchtown firefighters came in to work the next day with a mission: to honor the men who lost their lives.
"With the help of Big Bear Signs, they donated the signs for us and that day they printed them up within just a few hours. We were able to hang the banned as well as the flags and basically show our support 1200 miles away that we're thinking of them, our hearts go out to the family and the friends who are affected and the firefighters," says Frenchtown Firefighter Mel Holtz.
Frenchtown Fire hung the signs on Monday and then they snapped a picture with an iPhone that shows them on the overpass with a flag and an "Arizona" sign. They posted that picture on Facebook and in just a couple of days, it went viral after being picked up by a CBS TV station in Arizona.
And even though Frenchtown firefighters are not sure if they've actually worked with any of the men killed, they do know Prescott firefighters were here to help when Montana needed them most.
"Prescott fire has actually been over here helping us out with the Black Cat Fire," said Holtz. "They were out here in Montana last year helping out with the wildfires across Montana."
Frenchtown fire plans to keep the signs and the flags up for the rest of the week.