Nightly News | July 01, 2013
>>> we're learning more about the hot shot crew of firefighters, gabe gutierrez also in prescott, arizona. gabe, good evening.
>> reporter: they ranged in age from 21 to 43. they were the hot shots , known around here as the most elite firefighters, and tonight as you can see behind me, a massive outpouring of support for their families. for prescott, this was supposed to be the biggest week of the year. the town's annual rodeo. but tonight a makeshift memorial is growing and the community is shaken. his mother said he lived life to the fullest many.
>> he was a good kid. kevin only one 21 years old. he wanted to fire in his father's footsteps and fight fires in los angeles county .
>> we're all a big family.
>> andrew leaves behind a wife and four young children, all under the age of 6.
>> 19 gone. it's unreal. overwhelming. so many families impacted.
>> reporter: reality hasn't sunk in for others.
>> i thought for a moment that i had dreamt his death, but, sadly, it hit me moments later that it wasn't a dream or a nightmare. it was reality.
>> most of them raised here, part of the community and met their wives here or their girlfriends, whatever they have. raised their kids here and the kids are all young.
>> in this town of 40,000, at least everyone knew at least one of these firefighters.
>> reporter: blind sides you, drops you to your sneeknees.
>> jeff knew all of them. he retired yesterday from the fire service . he was called back to work yesterday afternoon to notify the families.
>> reporter: it's hard.
>> a town in the desert where firefighting is a way of life is fighting back pain and praying for those still on the front lines. there is already a public memorial scheduled for later tonight, brian.
>> reporter: gabe gutierrez, part of our team covering this. thanks.