Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Son's Legacy

Normally my Sundays are nothing to write about, maybe a quilt, maybe not, but today, I was so blessed to meet the amazing mom of Billy Warneke, one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died last June 30th in Yarnell.

Billy's mom is visiting his sister Victoria along with her husband and they are heading out to Idaho in a few days for a race her sons are participating in to honor Billy.

Both sons, David and Fred are in the United States military and they are all gathering up in the northwest to lend support.  How cool is that?

Kathie, her husband and her beautiful daughter Victoria came and visited and we sat at my dining table and talked about the efforts they are doing to get their foundation up and running and get word out.

I know you are all so amazing that you will share it with others you know, on your blogs, etc..

I felt very honored to receive a patch from Kathie with the logo and name of the William Howard Warneke Memorial Foundation and the #19 so none of us forget there were 19 that lost their lives.

The foundation wants to help hotshot teams have better equipment and gear.  I discovered today, that most of the gear these men and women use and carry with them, they have to cover out of their own pockets...$500 for a pair of boots can put a damper on a young persons budget.

Other equipment they use are handed down and used from other firefighters and I really believe these wildland fire fighters deserve the best equipment for the job they perform.

So, in memory of those 19 who lost their lives on June 30, 2013, I would like to ask you, if you feel so lead, to head over to and donate a little something if you can to help them reach out to others.

If you can't, please remember to at least leave your porch light on June 30th all night in remembrance of those brave 19 and their families.


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