Hotshots killed in Ariz. fire remembered, mourned

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Three of the 19 Hotshot fire crew members killed in an Arizona wildfire had firefighting in their genes, following their fathers’ footsteps.

Several were family men and all are remembered fondly by friends and relatives.

Chris MacKenzie, Wade Parker and Kevin Woyjeck all had fathers who were firefighters.

Former firefighter Dav Fulford-Brown tells The Riverside Press-Enterprise that MacKenzie “lived life to the fullest” and was working on a promotion.

Prescott, Ariz., resident Elise Smith says 29-year-old Andrew Ashcraft “just had a really sweet spirit about him.” He leaves behind a wife and four children.

Robert Caldwell’s aunt calls him was “a gentle giant.” He was married with a 5-year-old stepson.

The depictions were typical of people’s recollections about all the victims.

The men were killed Sunday when a windblown wildfire overcame them north of Phoenix. Fourteen of the victims were in their 20s.

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