Yarnell Fire: Mother of fallen firefighter Andrew Ashcraft shares her story

YARNELL, AZ - "My nickname for Andrew, for all of my life, is that he's my treasure," said fallen firefighter Andrew Ashcraft's mom Deborah Pfingston.

And there is one memory about Andrew his mother will never forget. "Andrew had a smile that would go from ear to ear and he had these big blue eyes."

Eyes that stole the heart of his high school sweetheart Juliann. While he pursued his dream girl, he also worked hard to get his dream job. "He dreamed of being a fireman, of a hotshot," said Deborah.

Andrew became "Rookie of the Year" and a leader among the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew .

"They wanted to protect, they wanted to help. They wanted to go out and be strong together," Deborah said.

And as a team, they stuck together to protect hundreds of homes in Yarnell.

Andrew texted his mom on Sunday, "Yarnell wants to burn down," but his mother had no idea it would be the last time she would hear from her son.

The fire moved fast and showed no mercy.

"For this to have happened to them, I know something had to have quickly happened," said Deborah.

The only silver lining she can find is that her son died doing what he loved.

And while the grieving process is hard, looking into the eyes of Andrew's four young children is almost impossible.

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