Survivor reads prayer at Ariz. Hotshots' memorial

Associated Press
Brendan McDonough recites The Hot Shot's Prayer during the "Our Fallen Brothers" memorial service for the 19 fallen firefighters at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Ariz. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Prescott's Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun by smoke and fire while battling a blaze on a ridge in Yarnell, about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix on June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)
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Granite Mountain Hotshots member Brendan McDonough read "The Hot Shot's Prayer" during Tuesday's memorial service for his 19 fellow crew members, who died June 30 while battling a wildfire in Arizona. Following is the text of the prayer:

When I am called to duty, Lord ...

To fight the roaring blaze ...

Please keep me safe and strong ...

I may be here for days.

Be with my fellow crewmembers ...

As we hike up to the top.

Help us cut enough line ...

For this blaze to stop.

Let my skills and hands ...

Be firm and quick.

Let me find those safety zones ...

As we hit and lick.

For if this day on the line ...

I should answer death's call ...

Lord, bless my hot shot Crew ...

My family, one and all.

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Information from: Memorial service program

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