Pres. Obama mourns deaths of AZ firefighters - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Pres. Obama mourns deaths of AZ firefighters

Posted: Updated:
Yarnell Hill Fire in central Arizona Yarnell Hill Fire in central Arizona
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Columbus tutoring group prepares students for CRCT

    Columbus tutoring group prepares students for CRCT

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:14:04 GMT
    Each year, students across the state of Georgia are tested on what many call the building blocks of education: reading, English/Language Arts and math. This is done with the Criterion-Referenced CompetencyMore >>
    It's testing week in Muscogee County. Students in grades three through eight are wrapping up the CRCT testing for this week and one tutoring group is focusing on preparing students for one subject in particular. News Leader Nine's Tyrone McCoy has the details.More >>
  • Barbara Gauthier visits Westview Elementary School for Career Day!

    Barbara Gauthier visits Westview Elementary School for Career Day!

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:49 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:49:06 GMT
    News Leader 9's Barbara Gauthier had a great time today participating in career day at Westview Elementary School in Phenix City. More >>
    News Leader 9's Barbara Gauthier had a great time today participating in career day at Westview Elementary School in Phenix City. More >>
  • Voter registration deadline is April 21

    Voter registration deadline is April 21

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:24 AM EDT2014-04-18 09:24:05 GMT
    The deadline for voters to register is quickly approaching. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding voters that April 21 is the last day to register for the May 20 primary.More >>
    The deadline for voters to register is quickly approaching. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding voters that April 21 is the last day to register for the May 20 primary.More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

President Barack Obama called the 19 firefighters who died Sunday while battling an Arizona wildfire "heroes" and "highly skilled professionals."

The Yarnell Hill Fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures.

Eighteen of the victims were from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots, fire officials said. It's not known where the other victim was based.

Here is Obama's complete statement:

"Yesterday (Sunday), 19 firefighters were killed in the line of duty while fighting a wildfire outside Yarnell, Arizona. They were heroes - highly-skilled professionals who, like so many across our country do every day, selflessly put themselves in harm's way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet.

"In recent days, hundreds of firefighters have battled extremely dangerous blazes across Arizona and the Southwest. The federal government is already assisting, and we will remain in close contact with state and local officials to provide the support they need.

"But today, Michelle and I join all Americans in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families of these brave firefighters and all whose lives have been upended by this terrible tragedy."

Obama issued the statement while on a trip to South Africa.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.