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Hot shots' families grateful for community support, fundraisers

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Days after Arizona was denied federal aid for the Yarnell Hill wildfire, the community came together to help.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders took to the streets to raise money for the families of the 19 Granite Mountain hot shots who were killed.

The charity bike ride started in Mesa and ended 100 miles away in Prescott. There were so many motorcyclists, they had to be escorted up to Prescott.

300 riders rode 117 miles in the heat to raise money for families they'd never met.

Robert Schmidt organized the event for the families of 19 Granite Mountain hotshots.

"As we came through the procession there were firefighters up on the bridge. That -- that made it worth it," says Schmidt.

$8,000 for families like the Ashcrafts.

"These are the people that don't have any reason that they need to do anything, they just do it because they feel that they want to, they're just good people," says Juliann Ashcraft, widow of Andrew Ashcraft.

Juliann Ashcraft stopped by to say thank you.

"This is amazing to see, it just shows that there are people from every community, every walk of life that are giving what they can, their own talents and giving in their own way and this is a beautiful sight."

A special raffle was also held to send the kids of those fallen firefighters to a camp retreat.

"I feel great solitude that they made their stand together and so here again the community stands together," says David Turbyfill.

By standing together, David Turbyfill believes there's no better way to remember his son Travis.

"It means a lot, means we gained family hugely, we've gained family hugely… we've paid a steep price but we can all move forward."

$8,000 will be split between the 19 families.

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