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7/7/2013 6:01:00 AM
Remembering Our Heroes: Anthony Michael Rose
Anthony Michael Rose
Anthony Michael Rose

Through Tuesday, The Daily Courier is publishing stories of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill fire. The photos and text are courtesy of the Prescott Fire Department.

Anthony Michael Rose

Birth: Oct. 10, 1989

Anthony wasn't just a son, fiancé, brother, or soon-to-be father. He also was a hero. Not only was he a hero to his family and friends, but a hero to his community. He spent the early part of his life growing up in Zion, Ill., where he was born, before coming out to Arizona at age 16. He resided in Crown King for 5-1/2 years with his uncle.

He started volunteering at the Crown King Fire Department shortly after and began as an employee when he turned 18. In 2008, the Lane Two fire broke out in Crown King, and when he helped with the fire and saw the Hotshots working so hard to save the town he lived in. It sparked something inside him to become a wildland firefighter. He became a Captain on Engine 3 in Crown King, and almost a year later he first trained with the Granite Mountain Hotshots. He could not believe how hard they worked and how dedicated and compassionate all the Hotshots were. He was offered a job in 2011, but couldn't part from Crown King just yet.

Anthony had met Tiffany just prior to Hotshot training, and she lived in Wisconsin until June 2011, when she moved to Arizona. He finished up in Crown King in January 2012, and then moved to Humboldt. He began working for Granite Mountain Hotshots that spring. He was incredibly excited about working for them and wanted to make hot-shotting a career for himself. He loved his first year with the crew and bonded with everyone in a special way, earning the nickname "Baby G." In January 2013, he and Tiffany moved to Prescott Valley to be closer to work.

On Feb. 1, they found out they were expecting. After trying so hard for this, Anthony was extremely excited to hear the news. He looked forward to the season, to working hard on fires and exploring new areas. In May, when they found out they were having a baby girl, he couldn't have been more thrilled. He was very excited he was going to be a daddy, and looked forward to meeting her in October. The night before they left to go to the Yarnell fire, he and Tiffany enjoyed one another's company cuddling in bed watching TV.

The next morning he got up earlier than normal since they were going on another fire, just not knowing where yet. Tiffany got up with Anthony to see him off, and they gave each other kisses numerous times before he left. He kissed her tummy, telling their baby girl to be good for Mommy, that he loved her so very much, and that he would see her soon - not knowing that he wouldn't be returning. Now they will always have a guardian angel looking down on them and he will be by their side forever, until they meet again.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Article comment by: Marissa Villegas

I always cry for the loss of young lives whether I know them or not you are the same age as my daughter.

Every night I always pray that God bless and keep safe our every day heroes. But it seems that God has other plans He picked you and your buddies while you were a your best. Yours is a life well-lived! God speed. My prayers for your families as well.

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: Tanya Churchill

As a fellow Zionite, I would just like to express my thanks to Tony for is commitment to help others. My thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family as well as those of all the other fire fighters that gave their lives.

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: Beth Cottle

I didn't have the privilege to know you, but I am indebted to how you helped our community.

Tiffany and your daughter will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: Robert McFarland

My wife and i moved to Dewey Arizona 2 years ago from Zion Illinois, and left our grown boys back there with there friends to start there careers and be with there girlfriends. The morning after the tragedy i called one of my sons back in Illinois and told him what happened and he said, yeah dad we already know, we went to school with Tony Rose, he went to school at Beach Park junior High, and Zion-Benton High School with us and was on our Cross Country team. We cried and were in shock and total disbelief, not only for Tony, but for the other 18 too. When i asked my son what he remembered of him he said he was a nice guy, tough and competitive. I just want to thank Tony for his heroic efforts, and say God bless his family and loved ones, and his unborn child. R.I.P. TONY ROSE. Robert and Cindy McFarland, 224-430 4196

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