HELENA, Mont. -

"This week we lost 19 firefighters in an act of heroism - protecting Americans while battling an out-of-control blaze in the line of duty.

All Montanans hold the loved ones of these fallen heroes - especially the family of Dustin Deford of Ekalaka, Montana - in our thoughts and prayers, as we are reminded of the sacrifices first responders make every single day to protect our families, neighbors and property.

The sheer bravery these firefighters have shown our country will not be forgotten.”