A massive wildfire tragically took the lives of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill area of Arizona on Sunday. Scott Norris, of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, was one among them. Here’s what you need to know about the fallen hero.
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1. Scott Norris Was 28 Years Old
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Scott Norris was just 28 years when the Yarnell Hill fire took his life on Sunday.
2. He Worked at Bucky O’Neill Guns
Norris lived in Prescott, Arizona and was known for working part-time at Bucky O’Neill Guns store.
3. He is Described as “Wise Beyond His Years”
Jim Marnell, a co-worker at the gun shop described Norris as “wise beyond his years.”
“When I finally woke up this morning, I thought I had dreamt of his demise but quickly realized that it was reality,” Marnell said. “Scott was an exceptional man, wise beyond his years.”
4. And an “Ideal American Gentleman”
“Here in Arizona, the gun shops are a lot like barbershops,” said Prescott resident William O’Hara. “Sometimes you don’t go in there to buy anything at all, you just go to talk. I never heard a dirty word out of the guy. He was the kind of guy who if he dated your daughter, you’d be OK with it. He was just a model of a young, ideal American gentleman.”
5. He Always had a Smile on His Face
According to friends, Norris always had a smile on his face.
“He talked to random people and had a conversation with them,” said Ryan O’Hara. “That’s the type of guy he was, and honestly, it inspired me, in a way, to be like that.”
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.Click here to read more