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The loss of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots is devastating to Arizona, and those 19 men will always be remembered as heroes for their service.  In the weeks since the tragic incident, there have been many benefits and memorials to honor them and their families and I have to admit it has been nice seeing the support from local communities and statewide media.

That was until yesterday.

I began seeing news reports that indicated there are plans to have the media tour the site where these elite men gave the greatest sacrifice for others’ safety.

I understand that there is a media interest in this, but to plan out a media tour of the site? If the plans were to create a memorial at this site and invite media to that event, different story. But, this was proposed as ‘Media to tour site of 19 firefighters' deaths,’ that doesn’t seem appropriate to me.

I understand the relevance of this site and the news/interest that comes with this particular site, but this isn’t your typical news story.

What are your thoughts on the media tour?

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Kelly Potts
Kelly Potts
A former HMA Public Relations employee.


  1. Stephanie Lough says:

    I agree – the media tour advisory mentioned that there was a flag erected in honor of Yarnell 19. Shouldn’t that have been the focus of the media tour, not just “hey look this is where tragedy happened.”

  2. It is definite appropriate for the media to have been there. I think I take issue with the idea that it was called a “media tour.” That seemed to trivialize the importance of it.

    • Couldn’t agree more. For me, the term “media tour” conjurs up visions of a celebrity or company spokesperson going from city to city touting their product, service or issue.

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