Monday proved to be a difficult, heartbreaking day for associates at Arizona State Credit Union, as they learned that seven of the 19 firefighters who died Sunday protecting their community from wildfires, were members.

“These brave men were great examples of giving their all to save their community. The cooperative nature of credit unions is founded in this ideal, people helping people. In this case seven of our members lived that motto and as a result gave their lives. We cannot do enough to honor their memories and their sacrifice,” said David Doss, CEO of the over $1.4 billion Phoenix-based credit union, which operates five branches in and around the Prescott, Ariz., area.

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