Wednesday, July 3, 2013

{Never} Wordless Wednesday ~ Heroes Remembered


You might have heard about the recent tragedy here in Arizona.  There is a large wildfire spreading in Yarnell right now.  Wildfires are not unusual here in Arizona, with everything as dry as it is it does not take much for a fire to start and spread.  But this story becomes a horrible tragedy.  There were 19 brave firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hot Shots Crew that lost their lives on Sunday.  I just want to send my prayers to the family's of these fallen heroes.  

Andrew Ashcraft, 29, center, with his wife, Juliann, and his four children. 
Andrew Ashcroft, 29

Robert Caldwell, 23, was the cousin of Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter Grant McKee, who was also killed fighting the wildfire. 
Robert Caldwell, 23

Travis Carter, 31, was a member of the Prescott Hotshots before joining the Granite Mountain crew. 
Travis Carter, 31

Dustin DeFord, 24, lived in Paulden, Ariz. 
Dustin DeFord, 24

Christopher MacKenzie, 30, was the son of Moreno Valley Fire Department Capt. Mike MacKenzie. He was a member of the Hemet Fire Department and worked for the U.S. Forest Service. 
Christopher MacKenzie, 30

 Sean Misner, 26, was a resident of Prescott, Ariz. His wife, Amanda, expects to deliver their first child in late August or early September. 
Sean Misner, 26

Wade Scott Parker, 22, was the son of Chino Valley Fire District Capt. Dan Parker. 
Wade Scott Parker, 22

 John Percin Jr., 24, was a resident of Prescott. 
John Percin Jr., 24

Eric Marsh, 43, was the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. 
Eric Marsh, 43

 Anthony Rose, 23, was a member of the Crown King Fire Department. He and his partner, Tiffany, were expecting their first child. 
Anthony Rose, 23

 Jesse Steed, 36, of the Granite Mountain Hotshots was one of the 19 firefighters who died Sunday battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in in Prescott, Ariz.
Jesse Steed, 36

Travis Turbyfill, 27, served in the Marine Corps and had been fighting fires for the U.S. Forest Service since 2005. Turbyfill and his wife, Stephanie, had two children.  
Travis Turbyfill, 27

Billy Warneke, 25, served in the Marine Corps for four years, including a tour in Iraq. His wife Roxanne expects their first child in December. 
Billy Warneke, 25

 Clayton Whitted, 28, lived in Prescott with his wife, Kristi. 
Clayton Whitted, 28

Kevin Woyjeck, 21, was the son of Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Joe Woyjeck. 
Kevin Woyjeck, 21

Scott Norris was one of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives Sunday as they tried to battle a massive wildfire in Yarnell Hill, Ariz.  
Scott Norris, 28
Grant McKee, 21

Joe Thurston, 32

 Garret Zuppiger, 27.
Garret Zuppiger, 27

These men were all sons, brothers, husbands, boyfriends, and fathers.  They were all so young.  Many have children and a couple of them have their first child on the way.  It is heartbreaking that they worked so hard to save lives and in turn they all lost theirs.  My heart and prayers go out the families of these brave men.


  1. This has made me sick to my stomach since I heard Sunday. SO heartbreaking, yet makes me that much more thankful for the brave men and women who risk their lives doing this job every day. My prayers have been for the families of these men since I heard, as well as the men and women still battling this fire.

  2. I am so, so sorry for their families & loved ones, and of course for them. They are definitely heroes.

  3. They all died doing what they felt they needed to do. They had a purpose in their lives. They died heroes, working to help others. Pray for their families. They are in a better brighter place now.

  4. I just have no words for this loss. An entire crew with lives cut short, to save the lives of others. These are the people I consider true heroes!

  5. unbelievable tragedy. praying for the familys

  6. So sad. Praying for God to lay his almighty hand on these families and provide them some comfort and peace. We are so blessed to have people that put their lives in harms way to respond to emergencies.
    Thanks for taking the time to post about them and remind us of these heros.

  7. Wow thanks for sharing. They are all so young! Their families should be proud of them, I know I am!

  8. I hate to say this but the last picture you have up is an old crew picture. Not an accurate representation of our fallen friends.