A message from UA President Hart regarding the Yarnell Hill Fire victims:
By now most of the University of Arizona community will have heard of the loss of the 19 brave firefighters who perished this weekend in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Yavapai County. Please join me in expressing our deep sympathy and sorrow to their families and friends.
Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the many Yarnell residents who, in addition to grieving for the loss of the fallen heroes, also lost homes and businesses to this devastating and deadly wildfire.
The Wildcat family has been touched as well, for at least one of the fallen firefighters was a UA alum.
Words cannot express the sadness and sorrow we feel at times of such inexplicable loss. These firefighters bravely made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives and property of their fellow citizens. We honor their courage and selflessness as we mourn with their families, friends, fellow firefighters and the nation.
Information about ways to help the families of the firefighters and the community in and around Yarnell Hill is available on the UA@Work website.