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Faces of the fallen: Granite Mountain Hotshots

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By Andrew Rafferty, Elisha Fieldstadt and Matthew DeLuca, NBC News

The 19 firefighters killed Sunday in an Arizona wildfire were young, brave family men.

Many followed in family footsteps when they decided to dedicate their lives to battling deadly blazes. And a number of those lost were in the beginning stages of starting their own families before they were trapped by a fast moving fire in central Arizona on Sunday.

They were a group known for being tough as nails, but with a lighter side that was needed to cope with the demands of the job.

But now, many leave behind wives and children who now understand all too well the sacrifices their loved ones made when they became firefighters.Read full story.

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