Here is what you know about this family man and expert firefighter:
1. He Was the Captain
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.
2. He Served in the Marines
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
Steed leaves behind a wife, Desiree, and two children. His two kids are Caden, 4 and Cambria, 3.
4. His Brother Wrote a Letter
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.
5. Only the Most Elite Can Be on a Hotshot Crew
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.