H-SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

Jul 1, 2013 10:34 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Santa Ynez man among 19 firefighters killed in Arizona

A Central Coast native was one of the hot shot firefighters killed while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona on Sunday.

26-year old Sean Misner of Santa Ynez graduated from Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in 2005 before moving to Prescott, AZ to become a hot shot firefighter. While attending high school, Misner was on the varsity football and track and field team. According to Mark Swantiz, principal of Santa Ynez Valley Union, Sean was a well-liked guy who was always helpful and caring.

"He also was a member of our sports medicine program, which means that he was trained in basic first aid and athletic training and techniques and so he would work with the athletes in that capacity, wrapping ankles and shoulders and that kind of thing, and then performing minor first aid, and really just sounds like the kind of young man who would make a career out of being a first responder and you know, being heroic, and putting their lives before others," says Principal Swantiz.

Close friends say Sean had gotten married to his wife Amanda last September and were expecting a baby boy.

Clarissa Selders had been friends with Sean since they were in 2nd grade, but had lost touch since he moved out to Arizona.

She said "The first thing I thought was I wish I had kept in better contact, you know, it was really hard because, you always think you have time, and sometimes you don't so, you definitely learn the hard way, but, you know I feel horrible for his family and his wife, and I just can't imagine how horrible they feel."

Sean's father, Ron Misner, has been a track coach at the Santa Ynez Valley Union High school for nearly 30 years and Swanitz said Ron was really close to his son, almost always bringing up his name at track practice.

The Montecito Fire Department said it has set up a fund to raise money for the families of those who were killed this weekend.

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