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8/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
Golden memory
Pendant pays homage to the men who died defending Yarnell
Les STukenberg/The Daily Courier
Prescott sculptor Natalie Krol created this pendant in honor of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots.
Les STukenberg/The Daily Courier
Prescott sculptor Natalie Krol created this pendant in honor of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Karen Despain
The Daily Courier


Prescott sculptor Natalie Krol heard that the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots had perished in the Yarnell Hill fire and "cried for three days - the flood waters broke open - that we would lose the cream of the crop. I had to do something," she said.

Krol is known in the community for sculpting "Silver Tornado," the bull that sits on Whipple Street in the grassy area just south of Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

Her artistry moved her to create a pendant honoring the Hotshots as a "way of reaching out to help the families."

The pendant, which can be worn as a pin, put into a fitting to hang from a necklace or on a bola tie, is a bronze casting of 18 stars in a circle and the 19th is a larger star in the middle, symbolizing that "all of them (the Hotshots) are very special," Krol said.

Prescott sculptor Karl Kendall made the clay and wax model for the casting, and the pendant was cast at Jeff Dykeman Art Foundery.

The pendant will be available at Ben's Fine Art Gallery, 212 W. Gurley St., Prescott, but orders are being taken now. For more information, call 928-420-0704 or visit www.bensfineartgallery.com. Ninety percent of the proceeds will go to Prescott Fire Fighters Charities to help families of the fallen crew.

Two additional events have raised money to help families of the Hotshot crew and Yarnell residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged in the fire.

Lonely Street Productions of Tucson came to Prescott two weeks ago with the "Last Alarm Concert" to benefit the cause and, as a result, a check for $3,591.05 has gone to Prescott Fire Fighters Charities, and a check in the same amount has been sent to the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group.

Chris Gholson of Arizona Outback LLC in Prescott Valley organized a raffle within the gold prospecting community to raise money for the Hotshots' families and collected more than $11,000. One of the donations for the raffle was a new X-TERRA 705 Gold Pack metal detector from Minelab, a world-wide manufacturer of handheld metal detector products, which is headquartered in Adelaide, Australia. The donation came from the company's regional office in Lisle, Ill. Winners of the metal detector were Christine and Richard Ward of Boulder City, Nev.

The money went directly to Hotshot families, according to a news release from Minelab's Illinois location.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: justa gal in PV

I agree this is not attractive at all.The design is confusing. We had 20 hot shots,lost 19. What exactly is the meaning of that large star?
.I think this is a very selfish move. Make something for the families and give it to them. Stop selling... its rude and ugly on top of it all. And a little late in coming.
dont you think. The words crass and tacky comes to mind. Get a grip people


Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Much Askew About Nothing

The article states "...18 stars in a circle..." but it sure looks like an oval. Is this a matter of poor description or poor photography? Also, why are the size and the price not disclosed? Will be they cast from red bronze, silicon bronze, or some other alloy? More superlative journalism from the big C.

Something else: When I was in the bronze sculpture casting business originals were made from either wax or clay, never from both. Not that it couldn't be done that way, but it's hard to understand why somebody would.


Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Taxpayer

This art piece dishonors the fallen. Looks like it was thrown together in about one hour by an aspiring middle school art student. The letters are not sized evenly or level. Pathetic. If Hot Shot crew commemorative products are going to be cast for God's make make them quality.

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Pete Williams

Wow,,,this is getting ugly. If "you" want to move on, then move on. Many of us want to continue to do things for both the surviving families and those in Yarnell. What is wrong with that? If you don't like those articles that are about "doing good for others", then don't read them.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: S M

"the flood waters broke open - that we would lose the cream of the crop"
What does that mean? Crop of what?
The words are confusing, the art is boring, uninspired, and undesirable.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Life Goes On

My brother is a fireman in another state, so I am totally aware of the dangers of the profession. However, as many tears as I cried for days for our Hot Shots, I have to say it is time to move on and start the healing process.

I am not unsympathetic to the survivors. I did my contributions to more than one fund and have no regrets.

Life does go on the sun comes up every morning and sets every night. As sad as any one is when they lose someone they love, life keeps going and is what you make of it. (My Dad died two years ago and I still have my moments of tears for him.)

I learned a long time ago that the only person you can rely on is the person you see in the mirror -- you and only you are the master of yourself. You make your own reality: happy, sad, or somewhere in between.

May our 19 Hot Shots rest in peace, and may we also hold forever a special place in our hearts for Brendan McDonough.


Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: So many kinds of wrong here

My god, how ugly. If your intention is to honor someone with your art, at least TRY make it something worth looking at. Jeez.

Ah well, at least we won't have to drive past this particular piece of "bull" everyday for the rest of our lives.

And yeah, enough already with the honoring and fundraisers. So sick of the egotistical self-promotion fest this has become.


Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jack Jones

To all you "let it goers" ~ save yourselves some serious heart, and rear-end burn and "Let It Go". If needed, stop reading the Courier for awhile. Things will be just fine ~ I promise.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Enough Already!

We really need to move on from this tragic accident. It was awful, unbearably sad, but time marches on. Let's start concentrating on the people in Yarnell, who really need help to recover. Enough $$ and attention has gone to the Hotshots. May they rest in peace.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jack May

No mention of the funds raised by the good people of Stoneridge for the families of the firefighters. Perhaps this should be made public as well.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Herman Goldberg

"ENOUGH!"

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Nice Touch

Very nice. I am so proud of this community in spite of some of the elected officials & negative comments by a few trolls. Charity does the heart good! Well done artists!

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: John Citizen

Time to move on.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: too bad but nice

Too bad there aren't 20 stars and the one in the middle being for the lone survivor. Seems we forget the survivor in all this mess.

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: jonny begood

enough is enough!!!

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: let it go

Its time to let the firefighters go and its also time to shift the fundraisers to those who really need it...the town of Yarnell. The families of the firefighters have received plenty of money.



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