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Service honors 2 firefighters killed in Ariz.

3 years 6 months 5 days ago July 20, 2013 Jul 20, 2013 Saturday, July 20 2013 July 20, 2013 8:39 PM in News
By: Associated Press

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Two cousins who were members of an elite Hotshots firefighting crew killed in an Arizona wildfire are being remembered in California.

A public memorial service was held Saturday for 21-year-old Grant McKee and 23-year-old Robert Caldwell in Newport Beach. More than 300 people attended, including firefighters from Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

The Orange County Register reports tools, uniforms and boots were displayed near an altar next to the cousins' portraits.

McKee was engaged and training to become an emergency medical technician. Caldwell was a newlywed and worked as a squad boss with the Hotshots.

The cousins were among 19 firefighters who were killed June 30 when they were overrun by flames. The crew's 20th member survived.

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