By Kaelyn Floyd
On Saturday, June 23, 2018, El Segundo Fire Fighter Joe Zambrano began his 350-mile commemorative run in full firefighting gear to honor the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who passed away on June 30, 2013.
Zambrano kicked-off his eight-day journey, known as “Running to Remember,” from the Los Angeles County Fire Museum in Bellflower. It concludes on Saturday – the actual day of the five-year anniversary – at the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park near Yarnell, Arizona.
The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives in the line of duty while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013. One Hotshot, Kevin Woyjeck, was 21 years old at the time of his death. He was a former Los Angeles County Fire Explorer who was eager to follow in his father’s footsteps as a fire captain with the Department.
Following his death, his parents started The Kevin Woyjeck Explorer for Life Association, Inc., to honor him and continue his legacy, by helping young adults in Fire Explorer programs with financial assistance. All proceeds from Zambrano’s run go directly to the association.