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Service honors 2 firefighters killed in Ariz.

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July 20, 2013 10:18 PM EST | AP


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Two cousins who were members of an elite Hotshots firefighting crew killed in an Arizona wildfire are being remembered in California.

A public memorial service was held Saturday for 21-year-old Grant McKee and 23-year-old Robert Caldwell in Newport Beach. More than 300 people attended, including firefighters from Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/1aAvUaO) tools, uniforms and boots were displayed near an altar next to the cousins' portraits.

McKee was engaged and training to become an emergency medical technician. Caldwell was a newlywed and worked as a squad boss with the Hotshots.

The cousins were among 19 firefighters who were killed June 30 when they were overrun by flames. The crew's 20th member survived.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com