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Local firefighters saddened by tragedy in Arizona

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 7/01/2013 10:47 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The death of 19 firefighters in Arizona has created an outpouring of love from across the country and the Las Vegas community.

Local firefighters are remembering their fallen brothers. News 3's Sergio Avila spoke to a former wildland firefighter to talk to him about dangers of the job.

In Nevada we have three Hot Shot fire crews, they're all located up North, but these guys are all very closely knit and they're mourning the extreme loss of life.

For Craig Wojciechowski the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona hits particularly close to home.

Wojciechowski worked on a Hot Shot crew in flagstaff Arizona several years back.

He says it was one of the most difficult jobs he's ever had.

They trained intensely and were prepared for the worst.

He says in the six months he worked on the crew he battled fires in seven states.

When he heard about the deaths, his thoughts were with those he used to work with.

“I think about the crews that I was on and think about what it was like and maybe if they were in their fire shelters, what that may have been like and something you never have to deal with,” Wokciechowski said.

Wokciechowski says firefighters are close and the entire community along with the country mourns for the men who were lost.

Las Vegas Fire Union has reached out to their comrades in Arizona, offering any type of assistance they can.
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