Brendan McDonough

is the lone survivor of the Yarnell Hill fire tragedy of 2013. Today he is a public speaker and works with numerous nonprofits for veterans, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services. He lives in Prescott, Arizona.

McDonough is an uplifting speaker, whose courage to find support at his weakest has inspired others to find their own tribes of support. Building a sense of brotherhood within communities gives McDonough great joy – because it helps this fighter honor the legacy of his 19 lost, but not forgotten, brothers.

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Memorial

They were nature conservationists, athletes and above all, firefighters. Nineteen of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite crew trained to fight wilderness fires, died on June 30, 2013, as they battled a fierce fire outside the old gold-mining village of Yarnell, Arizona. Here are glimpses of the men they were and what they leave behind.

From the NY Times story, 7/2/2013

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Only the Brave

Through hope, determination, sacrifice and the drive to protect families and communities, the Granite Mountain Hotshots become one of the most elite firefighting crews in the country. While most people run from danger, they run toward it — watching over lives, homes and everything people hold dear, forging a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire in Yarnell, Ariz.

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Speaking Events

Brendan is part of The Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau. McDonough is an uplifting speaker, whose courage to find support at his weakest has inspired others to find their own tribes of support. Building a sense of brotherhood within communities gives McDonough great joy – because it helps this fighter honor the legacy of his 19 lost, but not forgotten, brothers.

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My Lost Brothers

McDonough’s story of finding his way out of the dead end of drugs, finding his purpose among the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and the minute-by-minute account of the fateful day he lost the very brothers who had saved him. A harrowing tale of resilience in the face of tragedy, My Lost Brothers is a powerful reminder of the heroism of the people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us.

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In Memory of the

Granite Mountain Hotshots

June 30, 2013

Andrew Ashcraft

Robert Caldwell

Travis Carter

Dustin Deford

Christopher MacKenzie

Scott Norris

Wade Parker

Eric Marsh

Grant McKee

Sean Misner

Jesse Steed

Joe Thurston

Travis Turbyfill

John Percin

Anthony Rose

Clayton Whitted

Kevin Woyjeck

Garret Zuppiger

William Warneke

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Based on the True Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots

Only the Brave

This October, it’s not about what’s standing in front of you. It’s about who’s standing beside you. #OnlyTheBrave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots only in theaters.

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The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor

My Lost Brothers

My Lost Brothers is a gripping memoir that traces McDonough’s story of finding his way out of the dead end of drugs, finding his purpose among the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and the minute-by-minute account of the fateful day he lost the very brothers who had saved him. A harrowing and redemptive tale of resilience in the face of tragedy, My Lost Brothers is also a powerful reminder of the heroism of the people who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us every day.

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Speaking Events

Brendan is part of The Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau. If you are interested in booking him for a speaking event please visit the link below.

 

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