This page is our site’s version of a permanent living memorial to the crew of the 2013 Granite Mountain Hotshots. Since their deaths on June 30, 2013 a lot has been said and written about them and about the incident. However, as time passes much of that information becomes buried within the millions of internet articles and websites. The goal here is to create one place where anyone can find the crew members – and they will always be here.
The Crew of the Granite Mountain Hotshots of 2013
Eric Shane Marsh
Wade Scott Parker
Jesse James Steed
Clayton T. Whitted
The sole survivor. We’re glad you’re still with us Doughnut.
My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire’s Lone Survivor Hardcover – May 3, 2016
by Brendan McDonough (Author),
Stephan Talty (Contributor)
Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Their leader, Eric Marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the unit, and perhaps seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off. Despite the crew’s skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh’s firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers.
Then, on June 30, 2013, while McDonough–“Donut” as he’d been dubbed by his team–served as lookout, they confronted a freak, 3,000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks.
My Lost Brothers is a gripping memoir that traces McDonough’s story of finding his way out of the dead end of drugs, finding his purpose among the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and the minute-by-minute account of the fateful day he lost the very men who had saved him. A harrowing and redemptive story of resilience in the face of tragedy, My Lost Brothers is also a powerful reminder of the heroism of the people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us every day.
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