Name: Kevin Woyjeck Date of Birth: September 5, 1991

Kevin Woyjeck, 21 years of age, died Sunday while fullfilling a family firefighter legacy. His father Joe Woyjeck, was a fire captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and his two uncles were firefighters there as well. Kevin Woyjeck’s grandmother, Delores Woyjeck, said her grandson wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, first joining the Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorers Club when he was 15. After working for several years as a firefighter he joined a hotshot team in South Dakota. From there he joined the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew in April 2013. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby stated, “Kevin and I just spoke a few months ago about how excited he was to be a hotshot in Arizona.” Mr. Woyjeck joined the Granite Mountain Hotshots, which is part of the fire department serving Prescott Arizona, in order to gain the wildland firefighting experience that he thought would be valuable for his desired job in the Los Angeles County Fire Department, his father said. His parents, a brother, 19, and his 16-year-old sister Maddie, who says there are so many things she will miss about her brother, survive him. "I'm going to miss his smile, his laugh, the way he said 'I love you,' and he was so outgoing, he could walk into a room and just start a fire inside of somebody," she said. Mr. Osby also stated that his department is working with Prescott officials to bring Kevin back home for a memorial service.

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