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20th Anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire…

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the fire… a moment to remember…

Another year for me to post about this – On June 30, 2013, 19 members of the group were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.

At KarateBuilt Martial Arts, we believe in recognizing and honoring acts of courage, resilience, and selflessness. Today, we want to pay tribute to the heroic firefighters who fought the devastating Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013. Their bravery and sacrifice serve as a testament to the indomitable spirit of those who put their lives on the line to protect our communities. Join us as we remember and honor these remarkable individuals.

Remembering the Yarnell Hill Fire:

The Yarnell Hill Fire, which occurred in Yarnell, Arizona, was a tragic event that unfolded over several days in June 2013. It quickly became one of the deadliest incidents for firefighters in U.S. history, claiming the lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting crew.

Their Courage and Dedication:

These courageous firefighters were part of a highly skilled team trained to combat wildfires in the most challenging conditions. They demonstrated unwavering dedication to their duty, working tirelessly to protect homes and communities threatened by the rapidly spreading flames. Despite the inherent dangers they faced, they remained committed to ensuring the safety of others.

Their Sacrifice and Legacy:

Tragically, on June 30, 2013, as they battled the Yarnell Hill Fire, the Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome by a sudden and unpredictable shift in the fire’s behavior. Nineteen brave firefighters lost their lives, leaving behind grieving families, friends, and a grateful nation. Their sacrifice serves as a solemn reminder of the risks firefighters willingly accept to safeguard our lives and property.

Community Support and Resilience:

In the aftermath of the Yarnell Hill Fire, the community came together to support the families of the fallen firefighters and honor their memory. Memorials were erected, scholarships were established, and countless acts of kindness were extended to those affected by this tragedy. The resilience and strength displayed by the community in the face of adversity continue to inspire us all.

Honoring Their Legacy:

At KarateBuilt Martial Arts, we are committed to upholding the values of courage, resilience, and selfless service exemplified by the Yarnell Hill firefighters. Their legacy reminds us of the importance of unity, preparedness, and unwavering dedication to protecting and serving others.

In their honor, we encourage everyone to support organizations that assist the families of fallen firefighters and promote fire safety education. By spreading awareness and taking proactive measures, we can contribute to preventing future tragedies and ensuring the safety of our communities.


as we reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of the Yarnell Hill firefighters, let us remember their unwavering commitment to protecting others. Their legacy will forever inspire us to stand united, support one another, and strive for excellence in all aspects of life. We extend our deepest gratitude to these heroes and their families. May their memory serve as a reminder of the strength and resilience that lies within each of us.

The list of the brave firefighters:

  • 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 Jr., 24
  • Anthony Rose, 23
  • Jesse Steed, 36
  • Joe Thurston, 33
  • Travis Turbyfill, 27
  • William Warneke, 26
  • Clayton Whitted, 28
  • Kevin Woyjeck, 21
  • Garret Zuppiger, 27

Let’s give them some thoughts today,


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