Today it was confirmed that 19 firefighters were killed while working a wildfire in Arizona. As a firefighter, I cannot fathom this. I am heart broken and shaken. The preliminary report says that they were forced to deploy their shelters. This is something we practice at least every year. All wildland firefighters know how to do this. And we all hope we never have to.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, my heart looks for answers and there are none that satisfy.
God, you are bigger than the fire. Wrap your strong arms around the firefighters who died. Comfort those who remain. Teach us all. And give us peace.