Doxol anniversary: Kingman Council notes tragedy with moment of silence
KINGMAN - The City Council held a moment of silence at Tuesday's meeting to honor the 11 Kingman volunteer firefighters who died in the July 5, 1973 Doxol Propane explosion, which is the second worst loss of lives for firefighters in Arizona history, following the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire that claimed the lives of 19 Granite Mountain hotshots based in Prescott.
It was fitting, then, that a pinning ceremony was held afterwards.
Some were promoted and some were new hires. They are: battalion chiefs Chris Angermuller and Chris Weaver, captains Tanner Miller and Brandon Medlin, engineers Brian Knarr, Dustin Osborn and Elwood Hurley; and firefighters Daniel Crowe, Alex Pinkstaff, Tim Sloan and Jordan Fuqua; and Sean Osterman, fire prevention specialist.
In one more item of note at a brief meeting, City Manager John Dougherty said 1,000 hotdogs and 400 pounds of watermelon were handed out at Saturday's July 4 weekend block party.
Dougherty thanked a number of people and businesses who went above and beyond to make the city-sponsored event a success. He singled out Erin Cochran as deserving thanks "most of all" for her fundraising efforts to bring a fireworks show back to Kingman after a one year hiatus.