Ahead of Movie On Granite Mountain Hotshots, Widows of Firefighters Remember Their Hero Husbands
'Only the Brave' will tell the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in 2013.
Only The Brave is an upcoming film starring Josh Brolin and Jennifer Connelly, which documents the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a heroic firefighting team overtaken by a raging Arizona wildfire in 2013.
Nineteen men lost their lives while saving the town of Yarnell, located 90 minutes from Phoenix.
Shortly after the tragedy, Inside Edition brought together eight of the widows.
Juliann Ashcraft lost her husband, Andrew
“I wish for the world could know that they lost this army of honorable men,” she said.
On the day of the fire, the father of four texted how much he loved his family and shared a photo of the wildfire as the hotshots moved into harm’s way.
“I looked at my four children and thought, ‘Oh man, I was able to grow up with a daddy and they won’t.’ My heart breaks for them every day,” said his widow.
Marcina Thurston had been with her husband, Joe, since their sophomore year in high school. He left behind two young sons.
“I just kept texting him saying 'You need to tell me you need to tell me you are OK.' I couldn’t believe it, cause I kept thinking, 'You wouldn't leave me,'” she said.
Krista Carter's husband, Travis, was a father of two. The firefighting team was bigger than life, she said.
“They were invincible. That is the way I saw each and every one of them,” she said.
Claire and Robert Caldwell were newlyweds.
“As much as he loved his crew, I know in some way he must have thought of ‘My God, I can't be leaving my family,’” she said.
Three of the women were pregnant when disaster struck.
Firefighter Sean Misner never met his baby boy, Sean, Jr., nor did firefighter Anthony Rose, who left behind a daughter, Willow.
At times, the pain is overwhelming for the women and they say their hotshot firefighters were larger than life now they will have a fitting tribute on the big screen.
Only The Brave opens in theaters nationwide on October 20.
To learn more about Only The Brave and how you can support the wildland firefighter communities through the Granite Mountain Fund, click here.
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