Sep 4, 2013 1:29 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
The family of fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighter Sean Miser, of Santa Ynez, spoke to KSBY News on Monday night. His parents, Ron and Tammy Misner share their final memories of their 26-year old son, and they open up about their new beginning with their newborn grandson.
Ron described the day they found out about Sean's death as, "Disbelief."
Sean's memorial was held at his high school, Santa Ynez Valley Union, in July. Ron is also a track and field coach at the school. Hundreds were in attendance, including many firefighters and hotshots from California and Arizona.
"To have this happen to our boy, was, like Ron said, disbelief," said Tammy.
The Misner's describe their son as a sweet soul, an enthusiastic spirit, and a strong athlete. They said his involvement in sports helped prep him to be a firefighter.
"He learned how to overcome failures, how to just keep pressing on no matter what. And, it also taught him the inner strength of when things get down, you just stay strong," said Ron.
That is exactly what Ron said Sean did, when he fought the Yarnell Fire near Prescott, Arizona in June, alongside 19 other Granite Mountain Hotshots. But, the fight of the fire was perhaps to big, and only one of the 20-man crew survived. Ron said, it wasn't their time to go.
He said, "We didn't know he was out there because he was supposed to be off. The whole crew was supposed to be off and they sent them out because it was so close to home, and they were the closest ones."
The Misner's said the heartache may never go away, but the healing begins, at least in their newborn grandson- 12-day old Sean Jaxon Herbert Misner.
"It has brought a great amount of joy to our life. With again, mixed emotions of sadness because Sean can't be here to hold him," said Tammy.
They said the baby, who will go by his middle name of Jaxon, will always know who his father is, through the legacy and memories that Sean leaves behind. That, the Misner's said, give them some peace and comfort.
Tammy said, "We are, and always will be, so proud of him, and what he accomplished in his short life."
A memorial fund is set up in Sean Misner's name at Rabobank and Morgan Stanley branches. If you'd like to help, all proceeds will go to Sean's widow Amanda, and their baby, Sean Jaxon.
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