Forever in our hearts.

Growing up in Northern Arizona it was no suprise to hear about another fire that was engulfing part of the state.  It was a normal part of my summer to hear about wildfires in cities I’ve never heard of in Arizona.  But you know, the fire gets put out and then we repeat the process until the snow arrives for winter.

Except for June 23rd, 2013 in Yarnell, Arizona which is just outside of Prescott.  There was a mountain that was famous called Granite Mountain and there was a horrible fire in which tragically killed 19 of it’s hotshot firefighters.  This made national news and it really showed how wildfire destroys everything in its path.

I have been to Prescott countless times and recently when I was in Arizona on holiday I drove through the area on my way to visit my friend Amanda in Prescott.  It was such a pretty drive however as I climbed north I went through the town of Yarnell and saw the devistation.  It was absolutely terrible what the wildfire did to the area.

Today I was with Amy and I got to go see the movie ‘Only the Brave’ which was based off true events from the Granite Mountain Hotshot’s timeline.  The entire movie was about 2.5 hours and was a terrific story that showcased the lone surviver ‘Donut’ and how heartbreaking it was to watch.  It reminds me that life is very short and that fire is very ravenlous.  It can take away anything in a split second and cause great harm to nature.  It was just a terrific movie and I highly recommend it.

Overall it was a very good day.. Except I completely snapped at these people who were chatting during the movie.  Rude people really make me angry.  If you cut in front of someone say excuse me.  Don’t chat about your day during the movie.  That’s just rude.

At the end of the movie the same couple leaned into each other and said ‘That was the worst movie ever!’

I leaned into them completely unloaded.  Haver some fucking respect for the firefighters that lost their lives.  I was so offended by their comments and I’m not a firefighter!  I have so much respect for our police force and firefighters.  They risk their lives everyday to save ours and I cannot thank them enough for their service.

  • Andrew Ashcraft, 29
  • Robert Caldwell, 23
  • Travis Carter, 31
  • Dustin Deford, 24
  • Christopher MacKenzie, 30
  • Eric Marsh, 43
  • Grant McKee, 21
  • Sean Misner, 26
  • Scott Norris, 28
  • Wade Parker, 22
  • John Percin, 24
  • Anthony Rose, 23
  • Jesse Steed, 36
  • Joe Thurston, 32
  • Travis Turbyfill, 27
  • William Warneke, 25
  • Clayton Whitted, 28
  • Kevin Woyjeck, 21
  • Garret Zuppiger, 27

Crew member not at deployment site, injured

  • Brendan McDonough, 21

Rest in Peace Granite Mountain Hotshots. Thank you for dedicating your lives to save Arizona and it’s people.

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