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7/19/2013 1:17:00 PM
Letter: Yavapai County generously supported Red Cross


I've directed countless relief operations around the country for the American Red Cross for many years. The Yarnell Hill Fire was different. It was where I live. You can't help but take it personally. I've always been amazed at the generosity of the American public, but Prescott took it to a new level. So many offers of support were made that we couldn't possibly utilize them all. It makes me proud to be a part of this community.

Visiting Red Cross disaster response workers are heading home and taking with them fond memories of the people they've met and worked with in Yavapai County. Many have asked me to share their feelings and thanks for the welcome and for the outpouring of generosity and support they've encountered in our area.

The Red Cross could not have done so much good without the generous support of the local community and local businesses. Numerous supplies - ice, water and ash sifters - were donated to our clients. Residents in the area said "thank you" to our volunteers daily and were incredibly generous with their support and financial contributions.

For myself and on behalf of the entire Red Cross response team, a heartfelt thank you to all of you for helping us to do what you depend on us to do.

Vic Hencken

Arizona Wildfires Job Director, American Red Cross

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

No Finer People,I agree.The only ones I ever
met finer was some Infantryman in 1968-69.
Yarnell fallen firefighter families are being helped and that's one of the reasons I love Az.
They could use some help filling sandbags.
People sweating,getting dirty,and lending a hand. Maybe a beer or two at the end of the day.( or breakfast,possibly lunch)

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: No finer people

Also heard going forward the families of the fallen firefighters will "not have to worry" about money.

Said it before and I'll say it again.

When the chips are down, there's no one else I'd rather have in the trenches with me than a fellow Arizonan.

Why is that? Can't say that I know exactly. But I'll tell you this:

You can travel the world far and wide, but you'll never find better people.

God bless Arizona.

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