Remembering Yarnell: Parents of Wade Parker find projects to help cope with loss of son

PRESCOTT, AZ - One year after the tragedy in Yarnell, families of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots feel like it was just yesterday they lost their loved ones.

It's hard to focus on the good memories for the family of Wade Parker, who was killed June 30 battling the Yarnell Hill Fire near Prescott, Ariz.

"Just knowing he's not here is hard," said his mother, Michelle Parker. "It's still fresh."

Parker knows that pain will never go away.

"I don't know if you ever have closure when you lose a child," she said. But, having her husband, Danny, by her side has made coping with the loss a lot easier.

"We are going to make it. We will be fine. We have to go through this. This is no way around it. We just have to put our head down and go through it," she said.

For Danny, his workshop has become a more somber place since his son's death; he and Wade used to fix cars there.

"This is where we talked about life," said Danny.

It's also the place where Danny is working on his toughest project, Wade's jeep.

"I'm just going to work at it a little at a time, but its hard," he said. Everywhere he turns he finds another reminder of the man his son grew up to be.

"I found these notes that he wrote for his oral interview with the hotshots," he said. Notes that talked about loyalty and love for firefighting.

"We got 22 wonderful years with our son. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. The only thing I would trade for them is just five more minutes."

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