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7/9/2013 12:35:00 PM
Remembering Our Heroes: Anthony Michael Rose
Anthony Michael Rose
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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