The Prescott City Council will contribute $50,000 to a courthouse plaza memorial honoring 19 firefighters who died in 2013.
The members of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun by flames in a brush-choked canyon while fighting a wildfire in nearby Yarnell on June 30, 2013. It was the deadliest day for firefighters since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Council members unanimously supported the contribution to the memorial last week, the Daily Courier reported . The memorial will include a lone bronze statue of a wildland firefighter on the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza across from Prescott City Hall.
A stylized image of Granite Mountain will serve as a backdrop for the statue. An alligator juniper tree that the hotshots saved before their deaths will be etched on the back of two granite slabs.
The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Partnership chose the design. The group formed soon after the tragic event and has been working for several years on a plan to honor the hotshots.
"One mother said that she thought it was very fitting that the memorial is on the southeast corner, the corner directly kitty-corner from City Hall, because they're our boys," said Prescott Councilwoman Alexa Scholl, also a partnership committee member.
The group is about a fourth of the way to its $500,000 goal and hopes to raise the rest in the coming months, committee member Brad Fain said.
The Yavapai-Prescott Tribe has contributed $20,000 to the project, and Yavapai County has pledged in-kind help with the engineering.
The group has approached the town of Prescott Valley about a possible $50,000 contribution and plans to reach out to the towns of Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt.
The group hopes to have the statue in place by June 2019.