Running for the Fallen – July Edition

Goodness. I can’t believe it really is July already.

This year has just been flying by!

Yesterday was a tough day across the wildland fire community. We had made it to the 1 year anniversary of the tragic loss of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots. They will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. I feel extremely honored to be able to have ran not one, but two incredible races in their honor in June.

Unfortunately a week later we are honoring another tragic loss.

These individuals have continued to be remembered for 20 years now and I am honored to run for them on July 26th in Casper.

The 14 lives we lost in South Canyon on that fateful day in 1994 will never be forgotten.

I remember being younger and making the hike up to the site with my family. I didn’t totally understand the whole situation at the time. Today, I look forward to the day that I can make that hike again and really spend time at the site and fully understand the hows and whys of it all.

We are still learning from the accident 20 years later and I truly feel like we will continue to learn.

I want those 14 men and women to never be forgotten.

I want their families to know that we, as a wildland fire community, are still standing by their sides. We are still praying for their healing.



Kathi Beck
Tammi Bickett
Scott Blecha
Levi Brinkley
Terri Hagen
Bonnie Holtby
Rob Johnson
Jon Kelso
Jim Thrash
Richard Tyler
Doug Dunbar
Robert Browning
Roger Roth
Don Mackey

Please think about their families as the 20th anniversary approaches.

Please think about donating in their honor.

Celebrate their lives.


Posted on July 1, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Dee Burke (mother of Dan Holmes)

    Thank you for all you do to honor our firefighters! I was in awe reading your last post!!
    So glad I got to meet you in Boise

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