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The loss of 19 Prescott firefighters has resonated across the country, and in Dewitt, over 1500 miles away, firefighters paid special tribute to the fallen 19 during their Fourth of July celebration. 

"We're recognizing how important the job is, and as firefighters, the pride we take in a brother and sisterhood, to represent those firefighters we lost, step up and do a moment of silence for them," Dewitt Fire Chief Bob Sandry says. 

All for a tragedy that hits too close to home for many firefighters and their families. 

"It kind of hurts a little bit when you hear something like that, you know it can happen to you at any time," Grand Mound Firefighter Ken Bschbach says. 

"You always think, once they get that call, that they go out and you always wonder in the back of your mind, you hope they stay safe, and you can't wait until they come back home," Michele Tebbe of Goose Lake says. 

Using today to recognize not only the 19 who died in this tragic wildfire, but all firefighters and first responders who lose their lives on the job. 

"Some of those guys, they at a moment's notice drop everything, whether they're at work or in the middle of the night and go one out and they risk their lives to save ours," Dewitt Mayor Don Thiltgen says. 

And among the drums, music, and cheers, it all stops for a moment of silence, all to say, ‘We're here for you.' 

"It's camaraderie, and we back each other up; we're family."