HOTSHOT KEVIN WOYJECK: In April 2013 Kevin Woyjeck was honored to join the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew in Prescott, Arizona. This was an elite crew of twenty young men in top condition with direct wildland firefighting responsibilities in any location needed. After successfully fighting fires, saving lives and property in New Mexico and Arizona, on June 30, 2013 the crew was overtaken by an out of control fire in Yarnell, Arizona.
Nineteen of the twenty young men on the crew lost their lives, including Kevin. Kevin was 21 years old. The Kevin Woyjeck Explorers For Life Association was founded to honor the memory of Kevin and his crew mates who lost their lives serving the people of Yarnell. Kevin’s goal was to follow the footsteps of his father, a captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
He began his quest with the Explorers program and graduated on to college level studies and fighting wildland fires in the summer. Kevin was well on his way with his training and preparedness for his career as a firefighter when he lost his life.