San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after 19 firefighters lost their lives while battling a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona:
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and loved ones of the 19 heroes who lost their lives in Arizona.
"These brave public servants – these fathers and brothers and sons – demonstrated unmatched courage in the face of devastating flames. These firefighters fell doing what all of their fellow firefighters do each day: protecting their neighbors and complete strangers, ensuring public safety, running into danger to keep others out of harm's way.
"As the Yarnell fire continues to spread, as wildfires across the Southwest threaten Americans’ homes and communities, we will stand ready to do what we can to assist state and local leaders to battle the blazes, to save lives, to ultimately recover and rebuild. Our united response and actions will be a fitting memorial to the 19 firefighters who perished in this terrible tragedy."