Yarnell Hill Fire claimed the lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots!

Heroes: PRESCOTT HOTSHOTS KILLED IN Yarnell


The week before these heroes died they saved hundreds of homes in the Doce Fire, North West of Prescott, Arizona. We are forever indebted to these wonderful men.  The Doce fire was as close as two miles from where we live.  Yarnell is about 20 miles as the crow flies.

The City of Prescott has released the full list of those who were killed fighting the fire in Yarnell.

Ashcraft, Andrew – Age: 29                                                            Parker, Wade – Age: 22
Caldwell, Robert – Age: 23                                                              Percin, John – Age: 24

Carter, Travis – Age: 31                                                                    Rose, Anthony – Age: 23
Deford, Dustin – Age: 24                                                                  Steed, Jesse – Age: 36
MacKenzie, Christopher – Age: 30                                              Thurston, Joe – Age: 32
Marsh, Eric – Age: 43                                                                        Turbyfill, Travis – Age: 27
McKee, Grant – Age: 21                                                                    Warneke, William – Age: 25
Misner, Sean – Age: 26                                                                     Whitted, Clayton – Age: 28

Norris, Scott – Age: 28                                                                     Woyjeck, Kevin – Age: 21
Zuppiger, Garret – Age: 27

These men, as well as all first responders(police, fire,EMT’s, etc.) all military and most school teachers are the only true heroes in America!

ANDREW ASHCRAFT:  “He had some athletic ability in him and he was a go-getter, too. You could pretty much see, from young freshman all the way, he was going to be physically active,” said his football coach, Lou Beneitone. Beneitone said athletic prowess was a must for the Hotshots.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was honored to be a member of the Hotshot crew.

Ashcraft left behind a wife, Juliann, and four children, the newspaper reported.

ROBERT CALDWELL: Friends characterized Robert Caldwell, 23, as the smart man in the bunch.

“He …could get the weather, figure out the mathematics. It was just natural for him,” claimed his friends.

TRAVIS CARTER:  Travis Carter, 31, was known as the strongest one out of the crew — he was also very humble.

“No one could beat him,” trainer Janine Pereira said. “But the thing about him, was he would never brag about it. He would just kill everyone and then go and start helping someone else finish.”

DUSTIN DEFORD, 24, tried out for the Hotshot crew in January 2012, telling friends on Twitter that he had passed the physical fitness test and asking for prayers as he moved on to the interview stage of the process.

He was from Montana and he worked to improve his skills on the climbing wall at Captain Crossfit gym near the firehouse.

“You would say something to him, and he would respond with a crack, which was funny because he was so shy,”  said Captain Crossfit trainer, Janine Pereira.

CHRIS MACKENZIE, 30-year-old Chris MacKenzie grew up in California’s San Jacinto Valley.  He joined the U.S. Forest Service in 2004, then transferred two years ago to the Prescott Fire Department.

ERIC MARSH, 43,  grew up in Ashe County, N.C., but decided on firefighting while studying biology at Arizona State University, said Leanna Racquer, the ex-wife of his cousin.

Marsh was superintendent of the Hotshot crew and the oldest of the 19 who died.

“He was compassionate and caring about his crew.”GRANT MCKEE, 21, loved to give things away.

McKee’s cousin, Robert Caldwell, also was a Hotshot and also was killed on Sunday.He would ask for extra shifts at the emergency room. And because his superiors liked him, they would give them to him, Laurie McKee said.

“Grant was one of the most likable people you could ever meet,” she said. “Grant was friendly, he was outgoing. Everybody loved Grant.”

SEAN MISNER, 26, leaves behind a wife who is seven months pregnant, said Mark Swanitz, principal of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in Santa Barbara County, where Misner graduated in 2005.

“He was a team player, a real helper,” Swanitz told The Associated Press on Monday.SCOTT NORRIS, 28, was known around Prescott through his part-time job at Bucky O’Neill Guns.

“Here in Arizona the gun shops are a lot like barbershops. Sometimes you don’t go in there to buy anything at all, you just go to talk,” said resident William O’Hara. “I never heard a dirty word out of the guy. He was the kind of guy who if he dated your daughter, you’d be OK with it.

“He was just a model of a young, ideal American gentleman.”
WADE PARKER, 22, Wade Parker had just joined the Hotshots team. His father works for the nearby Chino Valley Fire Department, said retired Prescott Fire Department Capt. Jeff Knotek, who had known Wade since he was “just a little guy.”

“He was another guy who wanted to be a second generation firefighter,” Knotek said. “Big, athletic kid who loved it, aggressive, assertive and in great shape.”

JOHN PERCIN JR. 24, was a multisport high school athlete who graduated in 2007 from West Linn High School, southeast of Portland.

“It’s already tragic when you hear about those who died,” McEvers told the newspaper, “but when you find out it’s someone you know personally, it’s tough.”

ANTHONY ROSE, 23, was one of the youngest victims. He grew up in Wisconsin and previously worked as a firefighter in nearby Crown King before moving on to become a Hotshot.

Retired Crown King firefighter Greg Flores said Rose “just blossomed in the fire department. He did so well and helped so much in Crown King. We were all so very proud of him.”

“He was the kind of guy that his smile lit up the whole room and everyone would just rally around him,” he said. “He loved what he was doing, and that brings me some peace of heart.”JESSE STEED, 36, was one of the older members of the crew. Renton, Wash., police officer Cassidy Steed said his brother “always put his life on the line for people who he knew he would never meet.”

JOE THURSTON, 32, used to go to an area reservoir with friends and promptly show how fearless he could be.

“He was definitely one of the daredevil types,” longtime friend Scott Goodrich told the Salt Lake Tribune. “We went to Quail (Creek) Reservoir, and we’d be finding 40- to 50-foot cliffs that people would be scared to jump off. He would just show up and be front-flipping off of them.”

Thurston was also determined, generous and hardworking, his friends said.TRAVIS TURBYFILLl, 27, often worked with other Hotshots at Captain Crossfit, a warehouse filled with mats, obstacle courses, climbing walls and acrobatic rings near the firehouse. He would train in the morning and then return in the afternoon with his wife and kids.

Tony Burris, another Captain Crossfit trainer, said he enjoyed watching Turby with his two daughters.”Because he’s this big, huge Marine, Hotshot guy, and he has two little girls, reddish, blonde curly hair, and they just loved their dad,” he said.

His wife, Stephanie, sent this statement to ABC15’s Adam Slinger Tuesday morning, “Travis was a strong man, a great firefighter, and a natural leader. But more than anything he was a man of God, my loving husband, and an absolutely wonderful daddy to our two sweet little girls. He is tremendously missed by all of us.”

BILLY WARNEKE, 25, and his wife, Roxanne, were expecting their first child in December, his grandmother, Nancy Warneke, told The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside, Calif. Warneke grew up in Hemet, Calif., along with his fellow Granite Mountain hotshot, Chris MacKenzie. He was a four-year Marine Corps veteran who served a tour in Iraq and had joined the hotshot crew in April, buying a property in Prescott, near where his sister lived, the newspaper reported.”

CLAYTON WHITTED, 28, might not have been the biggest guy around, but he was among the hardest-working. His former Prescott High School coach, Lou Beneitone, said Whitted was a “wonderful kid” who always had a big smile on his face. Whitted played for the football team as an offensive and defensive lineman.

“He was a smart young man with a great personality, just a wonderful personality,” said Beneitone. “When he walked into a room, he could really light it up.”

KEVIN WOYJECK, 21-year-old Kevin Woyjeck, the fire station was always a second home. His father, Capt. Joe Woyjeck, is a nearly 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.”He wanted to become a firefighter like his dad and hopefully work hand-in-hand,” Mora said Monday outside of the fire station in Seal Beach, Calif., where the Woyjeck family lives.

GARRET ZUPPIGER, 27, loved to be funny, said Tony Burris, a trainer at a gym where many of the Hotshots worked out.

Burris said the two bonded over their hyper-manly ginger facial hair.

“We both had a red beard and so we would always admire each other’s beards,” he said. “We also had a few conversations about beer.”

“Garret Zuppiger turns 25!” he wrote in a post several years ago. “Everyday is like a gift!!”

Many internet sources were used for this Memorial.  Much of it is credited to  abc15.com staff, wire reports on 7/01/13.

Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northern_az/other/yarnell-firefighters-killed-families-friends-speak-out-about-lost-loved-ones#ixzz2YLc1u1a2

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