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A legacy of volunteers

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On July 5, 1973, a propane tanker explosion in Yuma killed 11 volunteer and full-time firefighters. Richard Lee Williams, a school principal and volunteer firefighter, was among those who lost their lives that day in what is known as the Doxol Disaster.

In 2012, the Kingman Unified School District opened Lee Williams High School in his memory. The school’s mascot is the Volunteers. On top of that, the school no longer issues the uniform number 11 for any of its sports teams. Adding to the legacy is the school’s motto: “We can, we wi11.”

– Scott Hanson, HMA Public Relations

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