It’s the largest LODD since the murders of the 343 on September 11, 2001. Every LODD is difficult for those of us on the job. When they involve multiple members, it’s that much more difficult.
The anniversary of the Charleston Sofa Super Store that killed 9 members just passed last week. In April, we lost 12 members in West Texas and in May, another 4 from Houston, Tx.
Added to the reports from the U.S Fire Administration, these 19 Line Of Duty Deaths bring the total for 2013 to 62.
The 19 members killed in the Yarnell Hill fire were part of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew from the Prescott Fire Department in Arizona. Here are their names and age ….
Christopher Mackenzie (30), Andrew Ashcraft (29), Kevin Woyjeck ( 21), Anthony Rose ( 23), Eric Marsh ( 43), Robert Caldwell ( 23), Clayton Whitted ( 28), Scott Norris ( 28), Dustin Deford ( 24), Sean Misner ( 26), Garret Zuppiger ( 27), Travis Carter ( 31), Grant McKee ( 21), Travis Turbyfill ( 27), Jesse Steed ( 36), Wade Parker (22), Joe Thurston (32), William Warneke ( 25), John Percin(24)
If you’d like to do more, the National Fallen firefighters Foundation has established a fund to allow you to securely do so….
From their site …
“In light of the tragic event in Yarnell, Arizona and in cooperation with local support efforts, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has established a national fund to accept monetary donations to assist the survivors and coworkers of the firefighters who died in the line of duty while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire”
There’s no better way to support the families (and survivors) of our fallen than through NFFF (National Fallen Firefighters Foundation).
They are in Houston and West, Texas. They are on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma. They are still in Charleston, SC, New York City and many, many other places across the country providing various means of support.
Rhett and I have been honored to be able to work behind the scenes with this group and see first hand how their efforts directly affect the FDNY’s Counseling Unit.
We watched, humbled and honored; as the FDNY Commissioner himself explained that without the NFFF and the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs, the FDNY Counseling Unit would have been SHUT DOWN due to lack of funding.
It’s ironic that just today, Rhett and I received a shirt from our good friends of the Ozark Mountain F.O.O.L.S. (Find and follow them on Face Book HERE)
I had the honor of meeting a few of these Brothers and Sisters a few months ago while traveling through Missouri. They’re a GREAT group who obviously “get it”.
The shirts are for an upcoming 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to be held in Springfield Missouri on July 27, 2013. They could use your support even if in no other form than encouragement.
Stay SAFE and in House!