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Yakima Firefighters Wear Black Bands for Fallen Brothers in Arizona

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YAKIMA, Wash.--In Yakima, firefighters are paying tribute to the fallen firefighters in Arizona by wearing black bands around their badges.
 
Local firefighters said it's never a great day when they have to put black bands over their badges because it typically means that one of their brothers or sisters died in the line of duty. In this case, it was 19 firefighters.
 
Crews said their thoughts and prayers are with the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice while battling the wildfire in Arizona.
 
Firefighters said they'll be paying close attention to the ongoing investigation because they want to know if and how this tragedy could have been prevented.
 
"Everyday we come to work we don't think this could be the last day," said Captain Tom Schneider with the Yakima Fire Department. "We think about what can we do safely to make sure that we're protecting the community. It's sad, a lot of sorrow."
 
"You feel horrible for their families and the community that  they came out of, but also angry," said Yakima Firefighter Brian Robertson. "I mean, it seems like every time something like this happens, it ends up being that something could have been prevented."
 
Firefighters said they hope the Arizona blaze serves as a learning experience and history won't be doomed to repeat itself.
 
They said they'll wear the black bands until their brothers are laid to rest on July 9th.
 
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