CERRITOS (CBSLA.com) — A vigil was held Tuesday for five young Southern California men who were killed in a wildfire in Arizona.
At 6 a.m., officials placed a framed picture, which displayed each name of the 19 heroes who died while working to contain the Yarnell fire in Arizona.READ MORE: Veterans' Voices: Steve Johnson
The men, who ranged in ages from 21 to 43-years-old, were part of an elite squad in Prescott, Ariz., known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew.
Kevin Woyjeck, 21, of Seal Beach, Chris Mackenzie, of Hemit, Billy Warneke, of Hemit, Grant Mckee, of Costa Mesa, and Andrew Ashcraft, 29, of Orange, — members of L.A. County Fire Station 30 — died in the fire.READ MORE: Advocacy Group Creates Amazon Wish List For Students In Need This Holiday Season
“Everyone that wears a badge and wears a uniform felt that loss,” said Keith Mora, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “It’s one of those moments you hope you never have to deal with again.”
Today marks the two year anniversary since the tragic incident.
At 4:42 p.m., a moment of silence will take place in remembrance of those who perished in the fire.MORE NEWS: Melrose Action Debuts New License Plate Cameras
The memorial will remain in place until 6 a.m. on Wednesday.