Saturday, July 22, 2017

May Justice Be Done...

On June 30, 2013, nineteen members of the twenty-member Granite Mountain Hot Shot Fire Crew  of Prescott, Arizona died in the line of duty, while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.  

Sony Pictures shall release "Only The Brave" on October 20, 2017, which film promises to tell the story of these extraordinary men.  The film's first official trailer arrived earlier this week and, based upon my admittedly limited knowledge of the story, it looks quite promising. I hope that the film does justice to these men and their families.  They deserve nothing less:

A couple of days thereafter, I wrote of them here.  With a significantly smaller operating budget and no means to attract Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly or Andie McDowell to my work, I hope that my simple tribute did justice to them as well.  

It is not for me to judge, I reckon... 


It's Not Always the Fools....

Without heroes we are all plain people
And don't know how far we can go.

-Bernard Malamud

There is a line from an old song that goes something akin to "Only fools rush in where angels fear to tread."  Sunday - events that unfolded in or about Prescott, Arizona served to remind one and all that sometimes angels rush in to such horrible places too.

Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Intraagency Hotshot Crew of the Prescott, Arizona Fire Department died in the line of duty on Sunday.  They died while battling a raging, out-of-control wildfire.  They died under conditions that - to be kind - sounded nothing short of horrifying.  They died as a result of having willingly and knowingly placed themselves in harm's way in an effort to help preserve the lives and property of their neighbors and of their community - including those members of it who they may not have known.

They died disproving that old song lyric.  It is not only the fool who rushes in where an angel fears to tread.  Often, other angels shall do so too.  A lesson learned anew on Sunday in Arizona. 


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