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Joe Thurston

Joe Thurston

Back home in Cedar City, Utah, Joe Thurston, 32, used to go to an area reservoir with friends and promptly show how fearless he could be."He was definitely one of the daredevil types," longtime friend Scott Goodrich told the Salt Lake Tribune. "We went to Quail (Creek) Reservoir, and we'd be…

July 09, 2013 11:09 am
Scott Norris

Scott Norris

Scott Norris, 28, was known around Prescott through his part-time job at Bucky O'Neill Guns."Here in Arizona the gun shops are a lot like barbershops. Sometimes you don't go in there to buy anything at all, you just go to talk," resident William O'Hara said. "I never heard a dirty word out o…

July 09, 2013 11:04 am
Travis Turbyfill

Travis Turbyfill

Known as "Turby" among crew members, Travis Turbyfill got a full-time position with the Hotshots when another member's girlfriend asked him to quit.Turbyfill, 27, often worked with other Hotshots at Captain Crossfit, a warehouse filled with mats, obstacle courses, climbing walls and acrobati…

July 09, 2013 11:06 am
Travis Carter

Travis Carter

At Captain Crossfit, a gym near the firehouse where the Hotshots were stationed, Travis Carter was known as the strongest one on the crew — but also the most humble."No one could beat him," trainer Janine Pereira said. "But the thing about him was he would never brag about it. He would just …

July 09, 2013 11:05 am
Jesse Steed

Jesse Steed

Jesse Steed's former colleagues remember him as a joker."He was a character. If you look at all the old photos of him, he was doing things to make people laugh," said Cooper Carr, who worked with Steed in the Hotshots from 2001 to 2003."He was good at impressions, and he sang songs; he was j…

July 09, 2013 11:01 am
Robert Caldwell

Robert Caldwell

Friends characterized Robert Caldwell, 23, as the smart man in the bunch."He was really smart. He had a good sense of humor," said Chase Madrid, who worked as a Hotshot for two years, but sat this year out."He was one of the smart guys in the crew who could get the weather, figure out the ma…

July 09, 2013 10:55 am
Andrew Ashcraft

Andrew Ashcraft

Prescott High School physical education teacher and coach Lou Beneitone taught many of the Hotshots, and remembered Andrew Ashcraft, 29, as a fitness-oriented student."He had some athletic ability in him, and he was a go-getter, too. You could pretty much see, from young freshman all the way…

July 03, 2013 8:42 am
Grant McKee

Grant McKee

Grant McKee, 21, loved to give things away."Even as a child, I'd ask him where things were, and he'd say, 'Oh, such and such liked it.' And sometimes it really cost a lot! But he'd say, 'Oh, he liked it so much,'" said his grandmother, Mary Hoffmann. "So on his birthday, I started to say, 'I…

July 02, 2013 1:16 pm
Eric Marsh

Eric Marsh

Eric Marsh, 43, was an avid mountain biker who grew up in Ashe County, N.C., but became hooked on firefighting while studying biology at Arizona State University, said Leanna Racquer, the ex-wife of his cousin.Marsh lived with Racquer and her then-husband during the winters from 1992 through…

July 02, 2013 11:00 am
Wade Parker

Wade Parker

At 22, Wade Parker had just joined the hotshots.His father works for the nearby Chino Valley Fire Department, said retired Prescott Fire Department Capt. Jeff Knotek, who had known Wade since he was “just a little guy.”The younger Parker had been very excited about being part of the crew, Kn…

July 02, 2013 10:39 am

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