**RIP** 19 Granite Mountain HotShots
Devastating news no matter who you are... Prescott Arizona Fire & Rescue reported the worst news of their lives last night... GONE- 19 young, hardworking firemen died 6/30/13 trying to save the lives and homes of others. There are now 19 different families in shock and grieving for their lost son, husband, dad, brother, co-worker and friends. The average age of these young men was 22 years-young. A brother of one of our fallen asked me to start this fund. 100% of the donations will be split equally, 19 ways to the families of our fallen firefighters.
"Pick you your shovels boys there's smoke in the air, Lightening has struck and they need us there.
Into the trucks and gear, fire knows not the cost,
If it's not stopped, innocent lives will be lost.
The fire is running and there's no time to spare... Dig that line and drag that hose, bring all the forces to bear.
But, the wind's coming up and something is wrong, RUN boys, RUN, that fire is too strong!
Pull of your packs and into your shelters,
Pray for our children and for their mothers.
The fire has passed and so have we.
Into the wind like the smoke through the trees.
After they stop that fire they call Yarnell Hill,
Our brothers will honor us and drink toasts to their fill.
We're joining our brothers in a legendary crew.
If other join us tomorrow please let them be few..."
(taken from FaceBook- M. Greenhalgh, Walker Fire)
Sometimes in the midst of tragedy more can be accomplished by those 1 step removed. My heart breaks for my friend, and ALL the families, friends and loved ones affected by this horrific event. We need this to go viral, please share and donate if you are in a position to do so.
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prayers still sent!!!
Someone has their priorities screwed up, in my opinion.
I am not against memorials & I believe there should be one sooner rather than later but I understand that $90,000 has already been spent from one of the funds for a bronze memorial. Shouldn't money go to families first & the fund memorial later?
Deepest Sympathy to all who have lost a loved one, family member and friend. May you find some comfort from the memories you've shared. Prayers continue for all!
Thank you so much! I wish we could do more!
When will this money reach the families? The Ashcrafts have said they have received nothing but the 15,000 from 100 club, and that all the donations and charities set up have not come through to reach the families who are so desperately in need!
My dearest families...my heart goes out to you. Know that you are surrounded by loved ones across this nation and your heros will be remembered always. ~Kimberly - surviving widdow of Navy SEAL KIA, 8-6-11
Thank you to everyone for sharing this link, donating, and for your condolences.
god bless to people who donate and care,the 19 were heros,and did a very dangerous job and sacrificed their lives saving so we can live,god bless them RIP brothers.I am sharing and will send check to the cause we in Atlanta raised about 5200 now want to raise at least 10,000 or more,weare having another drive this weekend
I will share on facebook and emails. You are an angel gir thise in mourning.
Who are they and how can I contact them?
contact the bob and tom nation!!!! I will send money on pay day!
I work with Jesse's mother-n-law. I'm so thankful that you have started this so those of us who aren't quite sure how to help, can. I'm praying for these sweet families and encouraging as many people as I can to share and donate. Thank you again! God bless these heroes families!
Thank you, the families of these young men will need as much support as we can provide.
Thank you very much for setting this up Tracie!
I will attempt to post Bio's of all 19 fallen firefighters as they come in...The first is my friend Cassidy's lil brother... Jesse James Steed, born September 28 1976, Jesse was in the Marine Corp from 1996-2000. He then became a firefighter that year for Prescott Arizona. Jesse joined the local Hot Shot firefighters for Prescott in 2002 and came on with Granite Mountain Hot Shots in 2003-2004 when they were established. He was the most senior person on this team in both age and skill. This was his 2nd year serving as their team Captain. He is survived by his wife Desiree and their two children, Caden (4) and Cambria (3)