One of 19 firefighters killed in Arizona wildfire grew up in Ashe County

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ASHE COUNTY, N.C.-- One of the 19 firefighters killed in Arizona while battling a wildfire Sunday grew up in Ashe County, according to The Jefferson Post.

Eric Marsh, 44, went to Ashe County High School and graduated from Appalachian State.

Marsh's father, John Marsh, told The Jefferson Post that Eric moved to Arizona eight years ago to help organize the unit, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of firefighters trained to combat wildfires.

Eric, who was married, but had no children, had been involved in firefighting since had been involved in firefighting since right after high school.

"He was a great son. He was compassionate and caring about his crew," his father, John, told the paper. “I want to thank the people of Ashe County for their concern,” he said.

John and his wife Jane, Eric’s mother, moved to Prescott from Ashe County five years ago to be near Eric, their only child.

More at: The Jefferson Post