Only The Brave Movie Honors Hotshots

PRESCOTT, ARIZONA | Only The Brave movie starring Josh Brolin (high power Hollywood actor) and others tell the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots during one of the worst wildfires Arizona has ever experienced.   The Yarnell Fire took the lives of 19 firefighters and saved one on June 30, 2013.  We will never forget this day or the lives that were taken and those whom have been impacted directly or indirectly from this tragic loss.

News media outlets working to verify the validity of the Hollywood movie that its trailer says is based upon “true events” says it stays to the facts of the crew’s final day together but in between it is hit and miss.  To keep the movie suspense going, we will not provide the spoiler of what is true and what is not. We are also not going to dishonor those whom were lost, but remember them for who they were and what sacrifices they gave to this profession.

We have been told that it is a known fact that the majority of the spouses worked with writers, producers and directors.  They were at the Movie Premiere in Tempe, Arizona.  Eric Marsh’s wife was one of the biggest supporters of the Movie.

“It was a fitting tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots.”

“Saw the movie tonight – very beautiful and touching.  Lots of laughter and sadness.”

“This film is honorable, given an accurate depiction of wildland firefighter life and their families. Does not sensationalize it.”

“Hollywood always adds a spin to everything they made. You should always remember that when watch any of their movies that this is not a documentary but based upon true events.”

“It’s a Hollywood movie, not a documentary.  If Brendan likes it (and he does) that’s good enough. We need to not dishonor them (Hotshots lives lost, one survivor).”

We could go on and on about what those are saying about this Movie but we won’t.  We have not seen the movie personally but when we get our courage up to see it – trust us… we will be bringing lots of tissues with us.

We thank all Firefighters for the tireless efforts you have given to protect properties and save Lives.  You do this every time you go out in to wildland interfaces while leaving your loved ones at home.

Our hearts were completely broken in half by the news of the Granite Mountain Hotshots lives lost and to learn about their last moments.  Our sobbing on the outside has stopped but not on the inside.  It breaks our hearts when we hear of additional firefighters’ deaths.

This article is dedicated to the Families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and to the only survivor, Firefighter Brendan McDonough. We know the hurt may never stop but the love will continue to flow over you all.  Please know that we are also here for you with lots of love and an over abundance of prayers for healing, friendship and support. – Ed.

The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters was created after the Yarnell Fire took the lives of him and his fellow firefighters. Today, the Foundation offers those a lifetime of emotional support, PTSD mental health treatment and financial donations to next-of-kin.  Facebook Page –

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Mother’s Day, A Holiday Celebrated Throughout the World

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.   We hope you enjoy your Special Day created in Honor of You.

Photo Credit: 2016 LR Swenson


Christian Festival

The History of this Special Holiday clearly shows it has been in existence since the early times when in modern times, a Christian festival called “Mothering Sunday” was held annually on the 4th Sunday in Lent.  These festivals were seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “Mother Church”, a local church close to their homes. Held in the U.K. and parts of Europe, the Christian based celebratory Holiday would lose popularity and fading in the distance.  The event would eventually merge with the secular American’s Mother’s Day in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Honoring Goddesses

Some form of Mother’s Day also dates back to the time of the Greeks and Romans honoring Goddesses Rhea and Cybele.

American Incarnation

The American incarnation of the Holiday of Mother’s Day, when Anna Jarvis’ mother passed away and she honored her at the funeral along with other mothers in 1908.  The American holiday would become the official of all Moms in 1914, observed the

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Anna Jarvis, creator of the American Mother’s Day holiday. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Anna would later attempt to get the Holiday removed from calendars due to objecting to the widely commercialization.  This would be her highest priority and time spent in her last years of life. Traditions are all about the presentation of flowers, cards and gifts. This American holiday is on the second Sunday in May.

“I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life.  She is entitled to it.”

– Anna Reeve Jarvis  (Anna Jarvis’ Mother)



Thank You Mothers Everywhere

Thank You to the Moms who support their Firefighter, Police, EMS, SAR and 1st Responders sons and daughters everywhere.  For those who are also in the Public Safety world and for encouraging them to succeed in life and for setting a perfect example of what a Great Mom looks like. Thank you Mothers Everywhere!

This post is dedicated to Moms everywhere.  Please enjoy your Special  Day! – Lisa


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