PHOENIX, Ariz - The bodies of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire were returned to Prescott Sunday ahead of a memorial service this week.
The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died after they became trapped by flames while fighting the wildfire a week ago.
The sole survivor of the group of 20 was the lookout at a different location. He radioed to the men to leave because the flames had turned.
The Hotshots had to deploy their fire shelters, but the fire would prove to be too big too fast.
Aside from being members of this elite group known as Hotshots, the men were from Prescott Fire Station No. 7. Families, friends and strangers have been going by the station to leave behind flags, flowers and notes.
A memorial also had grown in front of the Maricopa County medical examiner's office at Eighth Avenue and Madison Street since the firefighters' bodies were brought to Phoenix on Monday.
Fellow first responders lined the streets of downtown Phoenix Sunday morning and along the procession route for heroes' journey back home.
Each firefighter was placed in his own hearse and accompanied by motorcycle escorts and honor guard members.