Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot Wade Parker was a standout baseball player at Chino Valley High School, and a role model for many players and friends through the years. His fellow players and friends, many who had played ball with him from Little League to high school, organized a 19-inning benefit baseball game Friday, July 5, 2013 to honor all 19 firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013. The Parker family participated in the day with friends and community. Lots of tears were shed, but there were many smiles, too, as attendees spoke about the life, personality and example of Wade Parker.
Heidi Dahms-Foster Former Editorial Manager
Chino Valley High School baseball players past and present prepare to release 19 purple balloons Friday in memory of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30. Chino Valley High baseball standout Wade Parker's friends organized a benefit 19-inning baseball game as a way for family, friends and community to come together and honor the men.