The story of our close relationship with the Eric Marsh Foundation started in July of 2013. This is when our Lead Instructor connected with an alum of our clinic who lived in the Phoenix metro area.
The alum was spearheading the honor guard response and funeral planning for the 19 Granite Mountain Hot Shots from Prescott, Arizona who had made the ultimate sacrifice while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire, a wild-land fire that destroyed over 8,400 acres and 129 buildings.
Just hours after this conversation, a contingent of instructors and other alum from our organization departed from several cities across the United States for Prescott with a mission to provide any support they could.
Upon arrival in Prescott the group had the honor to serve as one of several casket teams (CT2) . It was during their time in Prescott they had the privilege of meeting the lone survivor, Brendan McDonough, along with several family members of the fallen,including Amanda Marsh, the wife of Eric Marsh, who was the Superintendent of the crew. It was this chance meeting that brought Amanda and eventually the Eric Marsh Foundation into our lives.
Since 2013 Amanda has become a member of our family. She has attended several of our clinics over the years. Amanda has continued to selflessly share her experiences and insights which has allowed us to grow both professionally and personally.
We are honored to be a part of keeping the memory of Eric and the other Granite Mountain Hot Shots alive. Through our partnership with the Eric Marsh Foundation, we continue to support Amanda's dream as she honors Eric, the other members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, and their families by serving other families touched by tragedy.
Our organization is proud to provide ongoing donations each year to the foundation. We would encourage you to join Amanda and our organization by considering donating to this foundation.
If you are interested in making a donation or learning more about the foundation, click the donate button to the right and you will be directed to the foundation's home page.
In the memory of Eric Marsh, Andrew Ashcraft, Robert Caldwell, Travis Carter, Dustin DeFord, Christopher MacKenzie, Grant McKee, Sean Misner, Scott Norris, Wade Parker, John Percin Jr., Anthony Rose, Jesse Steed, Joe Thurston, Travis Turbyfill, William Warneke, Clayton Whitted, Kevin Woyjeck, and Garret Zuppiger.
From our family, with honor, respect, and compassion,
~ Esse Quam Videri
The Eric Marsh Foundation is a 501 C 3 non profit based in Prescott, Arizona. EMF was founded by Amanda Marsh, the widow of Eric Marsh, Superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. EMF is a passion project designed to give back to those who give so much.
"To us it's personal."