Children entrusted toy fire trucks to watch over their teddy bears, strangers hung up prayers, and the community wept for the firefighters they honored as heroes.
The memorial fence was dismantled in September, and volunteers worked for months to meticulously sort, photograph and catalog the items before storing them away on shelves. They are being displayed in a virtual museum.
Artists reflected the Hotshots' deaths in paintings, songs and poems. Others left foot powder, mugs, rosaries, crosses and candles. One person who was part of a Hotshot crew in 1974 sent a broken shovel — something Hotshots would do when someone wasn't coming back the next year, said
"It didn't matter what your abilities were or your economic situation, you brought what you could," she said.
The fence inspired a play, and part of it was re-created for an exhibit at a
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