H-SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

Jul 16, 2013 1:48 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Hundreds remember fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighter Sean Misner

Hundreds gathered on Monday Night to pay their respects to 26-year old Sean Misner, originally of Santa Ynez. Misner was one of the 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot crew who died on June 30 while fighting the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill Fire. The memorial service was held on the football field at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, the home of the Pirates. It's the same field where Misner played football and ran track before he graduated in 2005. His father Ron Misner currently coaches track and field at the school. Ron and Sean's mother Tammy, were both wearing sports clothing in honor of Sean. Ron said Sean was a true sportsman and had Pirate blood in him, but his real calling was to be a firefighter. The memorial service began with a procession led by the Honor Guard and the California Professional Firefighter's Pipes and Drums. Firefighters and emergency responders from all over the Central Coast walked behind the family. One of the first family leaders to walk in the pack was Amanda Misner, Sean's pregnant wife. She is expected their first child, a boy. The Prescott City Fire Division Chief was one of the speakers and he said Sean was hardworking, tough, and respectful. He said the Granite Mountain Hotshots were experienced and mindful, and always gave their all. Captain David Sadecki with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said, "It's kind of a stepping stone to becoming a full-time firefighter. These guys are on the front line, they're in the most dangerous spots. It's really something special to say that you were a hot shot." "He's a hero, he's a hero to Santa Ynez Valley. To his high school classmates, to the community in which he grew up, but he's a hero to our country. And our country, our nation, the United states of america wants to pay tribute to this young man's courage and heroism in serving his country the way he has," said California's 24th District Congresswoman Lois Capps. Sean was a fourth generation firefighter. His mother said to the audience that she was so happy that her son had the opportunity to fall in love, know he was going to be a father, and had his dream job. The Montecito Firefighter's Charitable Foundation has set up a fund to assist Sean's family. For more information, click here.

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