The Sony Pictures release about the events leading up to the LODD of 19 of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, “Only the Brave,” hits theaters October 20, 2017.
By now, just about everyone is familiar with the story of the Hotshots:
-That the 20-man crew, the only city-based hotshot crew in the nation, was tasked to respond from its home base in Prescott, Ariz., to the Yarnell Hill Fire, about 45 minutes away, on June 30, 2013.
-That the crew left a relatively safe, burned-over area, to head for a ranch, hiking through a narrow canyon to get there, when the fast-moving fire trapped and killed them.
-That the crew’s lookout, Brendan McDonough, became the only survivor because he was moving the crew’s vehicles when the rest of the team was trapped.
It’s one thing to know all this. It’s another thing entirely to see it play out on the big screen in front of you.
Especially if one of the men killed was your husband.
This week on Code 3, we talk with two of the widows of the GMIHC members and hear what they thought of the film.
Here’s a link to the Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters