Father of Hotshot Grant McKee copes with life without son

The father of a fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot says he can't go a day without seeing his son.

Grant McKee lost his only son 21-year-old Grant, last year in the Yarnell Hill Wildfire.

“It still feels like I am going to see him,” said McKee. “It still feels like he's going to show up around the corner.”

This past year has been a blur for McKee. He said even though he’s struggling to make sense of the tragic loss of his only son -- he won’t let it beat him.

“I used to tell my son the sign of a really strong person is when you're beaten and you're down and you can't get back up - you get up one more time every time,” said McKee. “So I get up every morning in his honor.”

Grant grew up in Orange County and ran cross country.

McKee said his son “had a different way about him -- very confident very humble and very positive.”

McKee said his son always wanted to be a firefighter.

He joined the Granite Mountain Hotshots just a few months before he died.

Grant’s cousin, Robert Caudwell, was also killed in the blaze.

“I have to believe that I will see him again,” said McKee.

 

Print this article Back to Top

Comments
Your Region News
West Valley Phoenix Metro Southeast Valley Northeast Valley Northern Arizona Central/Southern AZ