Waterous Hydrants Used as Artistic Memorial to Fallen Firefighters, Military

The Waterous Pacer hydrant displaying the "Hotshots" memorial painting will keep the legacy of the 19 fallen Prescott firefighters alive in the town of Page, Ariz. The hydrant is located near the city court house and a memorial being built for military and first responders killed in the line of duty.

Several Waterous Pacer hydrants made the news in Arizona recently when a resident painted them in tribute to America’s service men and women. Her most recent memorial was in honor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the 19 firefighters of Prescott, Ariz., who lost their lives June 30 while battling a wildfire. The artist, Sandra Gault of Page, Ariz., has hand-painted eight other hydrants in honor of her son, who is serving in Afghanistan, and other military service members.

Gault’s typical color scheme is patriotic — red, white and blue, with stars and stripes — but for the “Hotshots” hydrant, she switched to the colors and shapes of the Arizona state flag. Each purple ribbon on the hydrant’s upper barrel signifies one fallen firefighter.

Gault has been painting hydrants in her hometown under the Adopt a Hydrant program since 2012. Under this program, the only hydrants not eligible for adoption by a resident are those hooked to sprinkler systems or those with a flow of less than 900 gallons per minute.

Todd Flick, North Arizona manager for Dana Kepner Company and a customer of AMERICAN Flow Control, submitted the “Hotshots” hydrant.