By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park (Information and Press Release):
Yarnell, Arizona: We are remembering and honoring the brave 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighters who died 9 years ago today well battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.
On Sunday, June 30th, 2013, a wildfire that took the lives of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots as well as injured over 20 people and burned about 8,400 acres, damaged or destroyed nearly 130 buildings.
The 20 man crew of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were on the frontlines of the Yarnell Hill Fire that was ignited by lightning two days earlier near the small town of Yarnell, Arizona.
Strong winds and dry conditions fueled the fire burning, spreading the fire quickly and erratically.
The Granite Mountain Hotshots were overrun by the intense flames, trapped, they deployed their fire shelters.
** Remembering the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots: **
Joe Thurston, 32
Travis Turbyfill, 27
William Warneke, 25
Clayton Whitted, 28
Kevin Woyjeck, 21
Garret Zuppiger, 27
Sean Misner, 26
Scott Norris, 28
Wade Parker, 22
John Percin, 24
Anthony Rose, 23
Jesse Steed, 36
Andrew Ashcraft, 29
Robert Caldwell, 23
Travis Carter, 31
Dustin Deford, 24
Christopher MacKenzie, 30
Eric Marsh, 43
Grant McKee, 21
Brendan McDonough, 21, was the only firefighter of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who survived the deadliest wildfires in United States’ history.
In 2016, Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park was dedicated for the public can remember the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters.
You can learn more about these brave Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighter’s lives at the following Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park website:
ZachNews and the people of Needles, California and the Colorado River Tri-State area send our thoughts prayers and condolences to all the families and friends of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters.
We will never forget the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters, and our thoughts prayers and condolences go out to their families and friends as they remember their love ones today.
May we all always give thanks to all of the brave firefighters, emergency personnel, law enforcement and emergency volunteers who rush towards danger and disasters to safe lives and protect our communities, sacrificing so much for us all; thank you for your service.