Nearly 700 Red Cross workers from across the nation came together in Arizona yesterday to support Yarnell – a tight-knit community that lost 19 firefighters in a massive wildfire last week.
Volunteers handed out bottled water from Emergency Response Vehicles while others walked around the memorial at Tim’s Toyota Center, offering hugs and support to mourners at the Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial. There, thousands came together to remember the 19 men lost.
“So many people just want to help,” said Ashley Studley, Communications Manager for American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, who is in Arizona on her first deployment. “The community is impressively resilient, and expressing a lot of thanks to the Red Cross.”
The fire ripped through Yarnell Hill on June 30. In addition to the tragic loss of life, many homes were destroyed.
Red Cross workers, including Studley of Brighton and Melissa Sieminski of Scituate, have provided more than 43,000 meals and snacks, more than 300 comfort kits, distributed 28,000 bulk items and sheltered about 300 residents displaced by the fire. That support will continue for as long as the community needs it.