One of the Hotshots firefighters attended Zion-Benton High School
News-Sun staff report July 2, 2013 9:46AM
Updated: August 4, 2013 6:17AM
One of the 19 firefighters killed while battling a wildfire in Arizona Sunday, June 30, was Tony Rose, 23, who attended Zion-Benton Township High School before his family moved to Arizona.
“Tony Rose attended Zion-Benton High School for a short time early in his high school career,” said Supt. Chris Clark of Zion-Benton Township High School District 126.
“We’re deeply saddened to hear of his passing,” she said.
“We extend our condolences to his loved ones. We cannot think of a more honorable act than to give one’s life in the service of others,” she said.
“We mourn with the family for Tony Rose,” she said. Rose spent his freshman and sophomore years at the high school, between 2004 and 2006, said Clark.
Rose was part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots team based out of Prescott, Ariz.
The Hotshots are firefighters who have been specifically trained to respond to fires in remote regions with little or no logistical support. The Yarnell Hill fire they were dispatched to Sunday had started from a lightning strike.
The group of 19 firefighters got caught when weather conditions changed and all 19 had deployed their fire shelter devices, which are like small tents made of fire resistant materials.
News reports say 250 homes had been consumed by the fire, which covered 8,300 acres, as of Monday.