Natural Disasters

Thousands Memorialize Firefighters Killed in Arizona Blaze

Political leaders in attendance as well

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Thousands of firefighters and law enforcement officers from New York to California filed into a northern Arizona arena Tuesday to mourn 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire and to support the families they left behind.

The memorial in Prescott Valley began with a choir singing "On Eagle's Wings" as Vice President Joe Biden sang along from the sidelines.

Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, current Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and members of the state's congressional delegation also were at the memorial. Biden and Brewer are set to speak at the memorial service.