R.I.P (from left to right down) : Chris Mackenzie, Eric Marsh, Scott Norris, John Percin, Wade Parker, Jesse Steed, William Warneke, Sean Misner, Travis Turbyfill, Andrew Ashcraft, Anthony Rose, Kevin Woyjeck, Garret Zuppiger, Robert Caldwell, Clayton Whitted, Joe Thurston, Grant McKee (not pictured), Dustin DeFord (not pictured). 

Thank you for your service. God bless your families.

From : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interagency_hotshot_crew :

The Civilian Conservation Corps, which operated from 1933 until 1942, was a work relief program that employed young men primarily in natural resource conservation projects. However, CCC members were also utilized for fire suppression operations, marking the first time that standing crews had been established for this purpose.[10]

At least one of the first crews carrying the name “hotshots” grew out of a former CCC camp in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California.[11] Conflicting sources report the first hotshot crews as starting in 1946 (Del Rosa and Los Padres Hotshots)[11] or 1947 (Del Rosa and El Cariso Hotshots).[9] In 1961, the Interregional Fire Suppression (IRFS) program was developed, establishing six 30-man crews across the Western U.S.[10] These IRFS crews were stationed near airports for quick transportation to high-priority fires. Due to their effectiveness and value in fire management, the program expanded to 19 IRFS crews by 1974.[9]

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