Despite a limited schedule, officials confirmed nearly 15,000 people have visited a tribute center dedicated to the 19 firefighters who died in a Prescott-area blaze.
Having opened in June, the nonprofit Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Tribute and Learning Center has already admitted approximately 14,900 visitors. The visitors have traveled from 46 states and nine countries to pay their respects.
“It appears this has become an important local attraction,” Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light said. “This was a grass-roots effort to bring the GMIHC Learning and Tribute Center to fruition,” he said.
Light is also very appreciative of the volunteers, staff and the community for the support.
The center first opened its doors the day before the fifth anniversary of the deaths of the crew that fought the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013.
Located inside the Prescott Gateway Mall, The Learning and Tribute Center is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.