TODAY   |  July 10, 2013

Emotional memorial held for 19 lost firefighters

Thousands attended a memorial service in Arizona on Tuesday to honor the 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew who gave their lives protecting their community. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> by a wildfire were honored tuesday at a memorial service attended by thousands including vice president joe biden . miguel reports from prescott, arizona.

>> reporter: the tribute honored their lives and their sacrifice.

>> wade, scott parker .

>> 19 fallen firefighters that fought and died together. [ bell ringing ]

>> reporter: dan was their chief.

>> if i could fulfill my fondest wish it could be that my tears would wash away the pain and loss that we all feel.

>> reporter: the granite mountain hot shots were a band of brothers that saved homes and battled blazes where ever they were called.

>> an elite unit in every sense of that phrase.

>> reporter: last week they were in their own backyard when a fire storm swept over them. only one man in the team survived. the crew look out was a mile away. he read the hotshot prayer.

>> lord bless my hotshot crew , my family, one and all.

>> reporter: a city, a state, a country remembers the granite mountain