Widow of fallen hotshot gives birth to his daughter

2013-12-22T00:00:00Z Widow of fallen hotshot gives birth to his daughterBy Carmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The infant daughter of a fallen hotshot from the Tucson area has arrived, nearly six months after his death.

After undergoing labor for 24 hours, Roxanne Warneke gave birth Thursday to a healthy girl.

Billie Grace was born at 5:58 a.m. at a local hospital, said Northwest Fire District Capt. Adam Goldberg, who is a spokesman for the family.

Her father, William “Billy” Warneke, 25, of Marana, died June 30 while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott. He was one of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in the fire.

Billie Grace weighs 7 pounds, 8 ounces and is 20 inches long.

“We fully anticipate presenting Billie Grace to the community as soon as we are rested and recovered,” Roxanne Warneke said through Goldberg.

Mom and baby were expected to be released from the hospital Saturday, Goldberg said.

Meanwhile, community volunteers are working to build a house for the mother and child in Marana.

Billy and Roxanne Warneke had purchased a mobile home that was in foreclosure and sits on four acres in the rural Avra Valley. The home needed about $100,000 worth of renovation, and volunteers, including Marines, pledged to take on the work after his death.

He was a four-year Marine veteran who served a tour in Iraq.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at cduarte@azstarnet.com or 573-4104.

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