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L.A. County Fire Museum to Create Granite Mountain Hotshot
Wildland Firefighting Memorial
The Los Angeles County Fire Museum will create a Wildland Firefighter Memorial to remember the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew who were killed outside Prescott, Arizona, on June 30, 2013. The memorial will also provide a place to remember other wildland firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
To help fund the creation of the memorial, Dan Doke, uncle of Granite Mountain Hotshot crew member Kevin Woyjeck, has donated a fully restored 1925 Ford Model T to the museum. The museum auctioned off the car on November 22nd. It sold for $32,000. This was not high enough, in our opinion! Well, we were not the only ones to think so. An anonymous donor stated that the car did not get what it should have so donated $25,000 to the cause. Wow.. it keeps getting better. The buyer of the car donated it BACK to the Museum! It went back to auction on November 23rd and Joe came back to the Museum with $88,000 for the memorial.
“Kevin put in a lot of hours at the museum,” said Joe Woyjeck, a captain in the L.A. County Fire Department, the vice president of the museum, and Kevin’s father. “It was at times his second home. I often introduced Kevin as the next president of the museum.”
Kevin was killed earlier this year, along with 18 of his fellow wildland firefighters, when they were sent in to battle a blaze outside of Prescott, Arizona. In one of the worst disasters in wildland firefighting history, the wind suddenly shifted on the crew and they were killed in the line of duty.
“A lot of people don’t realize that many of today’s municipal firefighters started out as wildland firefighters,” said Capt. Woyjeck, who has been on the L.A. County Fire Department for 34 years and began his career as a wildland firefighter. “Kevin was following in my footsteps, both at the museum and in the fire service. Despite the connection to Capt. Woyjeck, the museum feels that it’s only appropriate to have a memorial dedicated to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed in the single greatest loss of life in the in the last 80 or so years of wildland firefighting service. It’s also appropriate because wildland firefighting has been such an integral part of the career path for so many firefighters working today.
Stand by, we will bring you more information on this memorial as it progresses.
The Kevin Woyjeck Memorium has been
moved to our Memorium page.
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MUSEUM RANDOM SHOT
by President, Paul Schneider
We found this image online while searching through the USC digital library and it works well for this Fire Warden’s edition of “Random Shot”. This is the original Truck 8. In fact this is the first LA County Truck Company placed in service. Prior to our Department having a truck company certain engines carried extension ladders of up to 45’ in length. Most of the areas our Department served did not have structures that could not be accessed by these ladders. A notable exception was the Hollywood/Sherman areas served by Engines 7 and 8.
It is hard to believe that our Department was nearly twenty-five years old before we finally placed a truck company in service. Then again it’s hard to believe our Department was sixty-five years old before we bought a tiller truck but I digress. The first truck was Truck 8 and the second was Truck 27. These two trucks were built by American LaFrance and were of the mid mount variety which allowed for a good selection of wooden ground ladders, the longest of which was a 50’ extension. Mid mount refers to the aerial being mounted directly behind the engine as opposed to the rear mount trucks that our Department operated exclusively from the early 1970s to 1989. Our “Snorkels” were also rear mounts.
The reason I chose this picture was not so much for the truck as for the kids on it. When I was a boot (I know OP, I’m still a boot to you) I remember the Captains referring to us new guys as kids. I just dismissed those comments as being what “old” guys just felt compelled to say. When we were beating the hell out of each other all night, the Captain’s would just shake their heads and mutter “damn kids”.
When we wore our dinner instead of ate it, “damn kids”, when we poured out of the smoking ruins of a burned up building, smiling ear to ear, “damn kids”, when we made each other laugh when we wanted to cry, “damn kids”. Well now I’m the old guy and when I look at this picture I see my guys. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it.