On June 30th, 19 elite firefighters died in Yarnell, Arizona trying to stop a wildfire that raged out of control. Only one member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew survived, 21-year-old Brendan McDonough. The memory of the 19 men lost in the blaze lives on, and three of those men left pregnant wives behind.
Amanda Misner, wife of fallen hero Sean Misner, gave birth last week to their son Sean Jaxon Herbert Misner. According to TODAY, the baby is named after his father. TODAY notes, “The couple had originally picked out the name Jaxon for their son, but Amanda decided to name him after his father and his grandfather, Herbert Misner. The family plans on calling the baby Jaxon, and he is the first of three babies expected to widows of the men who died in the Yarnell fire.”
TODAY reports, “Sean found out on his 26th birthday in April that he was going to have a son, and a day later he started work with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, according to a tribute written by his family.” If you’d like to contribute to the memorial fund set up for Sean’s wife and son, please visit the Sean Misner Memorial on Facebook.