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Northstate woman asking for help supporting fallen AZ firefighters' families

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Jul 01 2013 09:09:34 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2013 09:26:32 PM CDT
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After 19 Hotshots were killed in in the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday, a local woman is hoping she can bring attention to how you can help.

Christina Stanley represents the Wildland Fire Foundation, which is a non-profit national organization.

They help families emotionally and financially in the event of a line of duty death or injury.

Stanley's husband is a firefighter, along with her four step children.

She said the foundation spends at least $400,000 a year helping families which is costly.

Stanley said it doesn't matter where you live, tragedies in the firefighting community touch everyone.

"These firefighters travel all over the country fighting these fires. You never know what fire loved ones will be on so it does touch our community every year."

Stanley's husband is a member of the Forest Service Honor Guard and said she's attended many firefighter funerals over the years and has seen first hand the impact they have on the community.

She said a lot of these crews stay at local hotels and restaurants during fire season, which boosts the economy in cities.

Stanley is asking many of these businesses to donate to the foundation, as well as the public.

For information how to donate you can go to wffoundation.org.