How to help the families of the fallen Arizona firemen

This morning on radio, Glenn spoke with Mike Broomhead of KFYI Phoenix about the tragic death of the 19 elite Granite Mountain Hotshot fire unit in Arizona and how we can help the families of the fallen.

For those unfamiliar with the area, Mike described the location of the fires to be southeast of Flagstaff, and it is believed a lightning strike first caused the fire to break out.

“They thought it was a lightning strike,” Mike said. “It wasn't started manmade. It wasn't arson. They believe it was a lightning strike from storms that we were having – very dry, low humidity and just a tinderbox up there.”

The death of the 19 Hotshot firefighters is the largest single loss of life for any fire department since September 11, 2001. Until this week, those who do not live in fire-prone areas may not have been familiar with the work of this elite squadron, but Mike explained the make-up of the group.

“It was a 20‑person crew, this Hotshot crew was a 20‑person crew,” Mike explained. “The average age was around 21-years-old. They ranged in age from 21 to 43. The one survivor was sent on assignment and wasn't with the rest of the team and so that one survivor is in very good condition, but obviously the survivors remorse is – I mean, he is not speaking to the public. But it was 19 of a 20‑man crew lost.”

These kinds of groups are trained to withstand the harshest conditions and are often sent into blazing fires to set up the perimeters that stop large-scale fires from spreading. In this case, it is being speculated that a change in wind direction caused the group to be trapped by the fire, despite their best efforts to survive.

“So tell me, they had these bags that they were put in. I guess the firefighters have these safety bags that they zip themselves in? Can you explain that,” Glenn asked.

“I got an explanation yesterday. They're kind of like those visors you put in your windshield, those metallic visors to keep the sun out of your car,” Mike explained. “They are a last resort… They are just kind of heat retardants but they are not necessarily flame‑proof. They tell these firefighters that if you, as a last resort, cover yourself with this, you actually wrap yourself in this… They were told that if they have to use this, expect to get third degree burns, but it's the only way you have a chance of survival when the fire is on top of you and that close.”

There is a wonderful group in Arizona, the 100 Club of Arizona, that is working tirelessly to ensure the families of fallen heroes – like the 19 men that passed away this weekend – are taken care of.

“The 100 Club is a fully privately funded organization,” Mike said. “What they do is they seek permission through a liaison. They don't just barge into these families that are grieving. But within 24 hours or 48 hours, they bring a $15,000 check as a gift that's not – there’s no strings attached. It is usually someone who is a survivor of a First Responder. And they hand them a $15,000 check and say this is a gift just to get you through these first couple of days, to pay your bills so that you can grieve.”

“And then they also let them know we are an organization of survivors of First Responders and we will be an emotional connection to help you walk through these dark days,” he continued. “And they told me yesterday they've never written 19 checks, 19 $15,000 checks in a year. They wrote 19 of them and are writing them as we speak, in one day.”

Glenn was so moved by the story of these brave men and the work of the 100 Club that he decided to donate $50,000 to the organization to help replenish some of the funds that have been drained as a result of this tragedy.

“So here's the thing, Mike,” Glenn said. “I'm going to write you – I'm going to write the 100 Club of Arizona but I'd like you to present it to them. I'm going to write them a check for $50,000, and then I would encourage everyone to [do the same]… But help these families out. I mean, as we all know, firefighters do not make very much money and we want to start with $50,000 and replenish some of their deficit here to take care of them, to make sure that they are taking care of the people.”

“Glenn, that is amazingly kind,” Mike said. You know, this is why I got into this business, to do these kinds of things, and no one, no one does it like you do, and I cannot thank you enough. You're the best.”

“There is no audience, I contend… as generous and as amazing as this one. And I can back that up with stats,” Glenn concluded. “I don't believe there's ever been a collection of people that have listened to a mainstream show like this ever in the history of radio. And I'm grateful that they are as active as they are. Mike, thanks a lot. Appreciate it. And let us know how we can help.”

To donate to the 100 Club of Arizona, visit their website HERE.

A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.

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