Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Friends And Family Gather To Honor Fallen Firefighter Joe Thurston

Joe-ThurstonFirefighters and residents gathered with family and friends in Cedar City, Utah, to honor Joe Thurston, who was among 19 firefighters killed while battling the Yarnell Hill fire last month.  

Saturday's event featured speakers who shared memories of the 32-year-old Cedar City native, who died while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire along with other members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshots based in Prescott.

Friends and family described the graduate of Cedar City High School and Southern Utah University as adventurous, dedicated and wise beyond his years.  They also remembered his contagious smile and friendly demeanor.  A condolence letter from Utah Governor Gary Herbert praising Thurston was read.

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