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Jesse Steed, Fallen Firefighter: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Jesse Steed, 36, was one of the most senior firefighters killed on Sunday when the Yarnell Hill Fire became too much for the 19 members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Here is what you know about this family man and expert firefighter:


1. He Was the Captain

Final photograph of Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots

This is the photo that fellow Granite Mountain Hotshot Andrew Ashcraft texted to his wife on the day he, Jesse Steed and 17 other Hotshots were killed. (Facebook)

Steed, according to his brother, was one of the oldest and most experienced members of the crew and because of that, he has served as captain of the Granite Mountain Hotshots for the last two years. He started working as a Hotshot in 2002 and moved to the Granite Mountain Hotshots around that same time.

Granite Mountain Hotshots: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

All nineteen firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire were members of the Prescott-based Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite team of wildfire specialists. Hotshot teams are like the Navy SEALs of firefighting.

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2. He Served in the Marines

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Steed was no stranger to bravery, or danger. Between 1996 and 2000, Steed served in the United State Marine Corps before returning home and becoming a firefighter.


3. Steed Had Two Children

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In this photo provided to Renton Patch by his brother, police officer Cassidy Steed, Jesse Steed is pictured with his wife, Desiree, and their children, 4-year-old Caden and 3-year-old Cambria.

Steed leaves behind a wife, Desiree, and two children. His two kids are Caden, 4 and Cambria, 3.

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4. His Brother Wrote a Letter

Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial

Nineteen American flags hang on a fence in Prescott, Arizona, in memory of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives on Sunday. (Getty Images)

Jesse Steed’s brother is Cassidy Steed, a K-9 police officer from Renton, Washington. Yesterday he wrote an open letter to the Renton Patch talking about his brother’s life and untimely death. Remembering his brother he wrote:

Jesse has always put his life on the line for people who he knew he would never meet. He sacrificed time with his family and his own personal interests. Jesse loved his job very much as his family supported him with every sacrifice he made for it.

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The names of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the 19 firefighters who gave their lives in Yarnell Hilll, Arizona, are being released.

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5. Only the Most Elite Can Be on a Hotshot Crew

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A California Hotshot crew works their way into the wilderness. (Wikipedia)

The Hotshots are like the Navy SEALs of firefighters. Inter-agency Hotshot Crews are groups that specialize in going into fire areas on foot and removing things from their paths that will help prevent the spread and growth of the fire.

The role of the Hotshot is described as:

The name was in reference to being in the hottest part of fires. Their specialty is wildfire suppression, but they are sometimes assigned other jobs, including search and rescue and disaster response assistance. Hotshots not busy fighting fire will also work to meet resource goals on their home units through thinning, prescribed fire implementation, habitat improvement or trail construction projects.

Crews often need to hike many miles to get to the areas where they will be working, carry all of their supplies on their back, and often work over 12 hours a day.

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