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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
Those heroes in Arizona died trying to protect homes foolishly built where fires are a big risk
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By Pat Cunningham
July 5, 2013 11:15 a.m.



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Timothy Egan NAILS IT:

Once again, the question hangs over another of the oft-lovely places where fire is at the top of the predator chain: what did they die for? Young men trained to be the best of the best are not supposed to take their last breaths inside the oven of a foil shelter, facedown in hot ground, gasping through the roar of a blowup.

Without question they were heroes, the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Like Smokejumpers in the Forest Service, the Hotshots routinely put themselves on the flank of a fire where no one ...

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