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Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 8:53 am

According to TODAY News, the wife of one of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell fire on Sunday is sharing some of the text messages and photos she and her husband exchanged shortly before he was killed.

A sudden change in winds captured 19 of the 20 firefighters in the blaze. It was the worst fire-related death in 80 years.

Juliann Ashcraft, the wife of 29-year-old Andrew Aschraft, had been texting her husband while he was on break from fighting the fire.

Ashcraft said she texted pictures of their kids swimming, and he sent back a picture of the fire, which he described as “wild,” that would ultimately claim his life.

“He sent a photo of where he was sitting and what the fire looked like for them, at their lunch spot,” Ashcraft said on TODAY Tuesday. “It still did not look as catastrophic as it turned out to be, but it was interesting to have that perspective, to know what life was like for him on the fire lines and know what he risked day in and day out.”

She responded by asking whether he and his crew would be sleeping in the field that night.

“Of course, there was no reply," she said. "They all laid out there that night."

Andrew was a father of four children.

For the full story, visit: http://www.today.com/news/ariz-firefighters-widow-our-kids-will-remember-them-heroes-6C10512259

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