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At the Fourth of July parade in Evansville, firefighters paid tribute to the 19 hotshot firefighters from Prescott, Ariz., who died while battling a wildfire on June 30. The deaths also struck a chord with Rick and Linda Pierce of Alexandria, who were trained as Minnesota’s first hotshots in 1977. Raeshel Betterman | Forum News Service

Alexandria couple recall days as Minnesota’s first hotshot firefighters

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By Caroline Roers

Forum News Service

ALEXANDRIA — Though decades have passed since Linda and Rick Pierce were hotshot firefighters, they can still remember it like it was yesterday.

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