Photo: Memorial for the fallen 19

Photo by E. Raymond Boc
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

To coincide with the memorial service in Arizona last week for the 19 members of the “hotshot” wildfire-fighting crew who died tragically while fighting the Yarnell blaze the week before, George Swett created a memorial to his fallen comrades in front of his home near Sperryville. Swett is among the 30 members, in Rappahannock and surrounding counties, of a Virginia Department of Forestry-sponsored crew that fights wildland fires in the region. Also a member of Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Swett said the memorial was dedicated to the crew in Arizona, but it’s also a reminder of the friends and neighbors who work at forest firefighting jobs that put their lives at great risk.

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