The IAFF is remembering the 19 Prescott, Arizona, fire fighters who died in the line of duty June 30, 2013, when they were overcome by a fast-moving wildfire near Yarnell Hill. Robert Caldwell, Travis Carter, Eric Marsh, Jesse Steed, Travis Turbyfill, Clayton Whitted, Andrew Ashcraft, Dustin DeFord, Christopher MacKenzie, Grant McKee, Sean Misner, Scott Norris, Wade Parker, John Percin Jr., Anthony Rose, Joe Thurston, William Warneke, Kevin Woyjeck and Garret Zuppiger were working to contain the fire when the fast-moving blaze overtook their position. Brendan McDonough was the lone survivor as he was on lookout duty in a separate location.
The loss was the greatest loss of fire fighter life in a single incident since September 11.
“As we mark this anniversary, our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the fallen,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “We will never forget their sacrifice and we honor them by continuing to look for ways to keep all fire fighters safe on the job.”
This year, the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew Learning and Tribute Center opened on June 29 at the Prescott Gateway Mall. The center, organized by family members of the fallen and others, will serve as a lasting memorial to the 19 and as an educational opportunity to teach the public about the dangers and challenges of wildland fire fighting.