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Dierks Bentley spearheads benefit for firefighters’ kin

‘Country Cares Concert’ planned for Arizona

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Country musician Dierks Bentley, formerly of Arizona, is inviting musicians to perform in a concert in Prescott Valley, Ariz., to benefit the families of 19 firefighters who were killed while battling a wildfire.

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NASHVILLE — Dierks Bentley has one day off the rest of this month and he’s giving it to the families of fallen firefighters in Arizona.

The country music star will host the “Country Cares Concert” on July 22 in Prescott Valley, Ariz., where 19 members of a wildland firefighting crew were killed last week. Their deaths left behind 51 fatherless children, a number that sticks with the former Arizona resident as he waits for the birth of his third child later this year.

“We want to make as much for those families as we can and hopefully start something that will continue on long after the music is over as far as remembering the firefighters and their families and these kids that live on as well,” Bentley said. “We want to help get something rolling to look after them and help them move forward.”

The Granite Mountain Hotshots from the Prescott Fire Department were killed June 30 near Yarnell, Ariz., when winds shifted, cutting off their escape route. It was the largest loss of life for firefighters in a single event since the Sept. 11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks in 2001 in New York.

Bentley is inviting other performers for the benefit, to be announced in the coming days. All proceeds will go to the United Phoenix Firefighters to be distributed directly to the families of the fallen. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday.

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