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Updated Jul 3, 2013 - 6:04 pm

Memorial for fallen 19 Prescott hotshots scheduled for Tuesday

PHOENIX -- A memorial service for 19 Prescott-based hotshots who were killed while battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire over the weekend is scheduled for Tuesday.

A procession will begin at 11 a.m. The service will take place after at the Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The arena holds 6,000 people. Overflow crowds will be asked to stay outside, where a video feed will be provided.

The bodies were transported to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office on Monday for autopsies, where they were greeted with a massive American flag. The fallen firefighters have been under honor guard. The bodies will be taken back to the Prescott area on Sunday at 10 a.m.

The bodies of the hotshots will be walked down passages lined with both state and national flags before being loaded into 19 hearses.

Officials with the hotshot management team say Phoenix Fire Department personnel and the Arizona Honor Guard will accompany the 19 hearses on the 80-mile procession.

The fire has burned about 8,400 acres and destroyed 129 homes. It is 8 percent contained.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


For volunteer, fundraising and other ways to assist those affected by the Yarnell Hill Fire, go to yarnellfallenfirefighters.com.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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