Granite Mountain Hotshots

Granite Mountain Hotshots

Granite Mountain Hotshots

God bless each of the young men who died while heroically fighting a wild-fire under the most extreme conditions.

Our son gave up a promising career in the world of finance to join a Hotshot team based in New Mexico.  We weren’t sure what it entailed but we knew he loved the rigorous outdoor life of adventure.   I read today that the Granite Mountain Hotshots were

“tough as nails but being NICE was a key requirement.”

We know he fits the job requirements.  Every mother tries to instill the “nice” factor in her son.  The tough as nails thing is not our doing.  I would sleep better at night if my son was still behind a desk, but I am proud of him beyond measure.

“We believe in rigorous physical and mental training, which allows us to perform at the optimum level in any location and under any circumstances,” the Hotshots’ website said. “We are routinely exposed to extreme environmental conditions, long work hours, long travel hours and the most demanding of fireline tasks. Comforts such as beds, showers and hot meals are not always common.”

My heart aches for the families whose son, husband,  or father died in the cruelest of environments.  And now they must make peace with the fact that the men died heroically while doing what they loved.   How do you thank 19 young men who gave up their lives in the line of duty?  How do you console the family and friends whose agony you cannot begin to understand?

I will be spending more time in my garden this 4th of July grappling with these questions, while people everywhere are celebrating freedom and independence.

John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
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God rest their souls.

About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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8 Responses to Granite Mountain Hotshots

  1. Thank you for this tribute to heroic young people who sacrificed their lives in service to the public. And congratulations on having such a wonderful son – tough and nice!

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  2. Sue says:

    What a horrible, horrible tragedy! My heart goes out to the families. One of my brothers is a city firefighter and the danger is real every day. Hold your son a little closer next time you are together.

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  3. jody says:

    Thank Goodness our dear darling nephew is nice AND tough. He needs both to survive in the cruel elements that fighting fires provides. These young men – these remarkable young men – they are our quiet heroes.

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  4. Robyn says:

    I followed this story in the New York Times this week, so sad! I have daughters but wondered how I would feel if a son chose this brave calling, my husbands nephew is a firefighter. Happy I found your blog! Best –

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  5. Nice tribute to some brave souls. It is a hard and dangerous job, sadly there are so many fires this year and it seems there are more and more each season.

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  6. Joan McCord says:

    Your experience sounds similar to mine. Following college, my beautiful son chose as his career to fight wildfires, and is now a member of a hotshot crew based in AZ. He is smart, very tough, loves the outdoors and being physically active in every way, and is a very nice young man. How fortunate our country is, that these men have chosen to protect and serve so many in this way. I am stunned by the recent loss of these 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot crew members. May we never forget.

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  7. elaine says:

    It was an unbelievably terrible thing to have happened – I couldn’t really take it in when I saw it on the news – such brave young men.

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