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100 drawn to remember firefighters at JCA event

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:00 am

The signs of tribute at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus were many: a composite photo of the 19 Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew that was projected throughout the event in the large gathering room, Scottsdale firefighters seated somberly in a row, a Scottsdale fire battalion chief reading the names of the fallen, a moving invocation of El Maleh Rahamim in their memories, dignitaries on hand to speak and a heartfelt speech from the mother of a fallen Israeli firefighter. 

“None of us will be able to hear the number 19 quite the same,” Rabbi John Linder, of Temple Solel, told the audience of about 100 gathered for the July 9 event, arranged by the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix. The speakers included Stuart Wachs, the JCA’s president and CEO, who said that even though he has only lived in Arizona for a year, he felt the tragedy as an Arizonan, and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, who said, “We should be forever grateful and never forget their willingness to face down these wildfires.”

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