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'Only the Brave' tells story about heroic fallen firefighters

19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died during mission

Only the Brave tells story about heroic fallen firefighters

BUELLTON, Calif. - A movie and the Santa Ynez Valley community paid tribute to the people who risked their lives to protect families in Arizona from the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013. 

19 Prescott Fire Department firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, were killed two days after the wildfire overran. Only one person on the team survived.

Sean Misner was one of the hotshots. He called Santa Ynez Valley home. He was survived by his wife and unborn son. 

"His grandfather who passed away 6 months before Sean did, he didn't know he was going to be a granite mountain hotshot. Sean was so proud he was going to be falling his grandfather's footsteps," said Tammy Misner, Sean Misner's mother.

The film is titled 'Only the Brave.' It stars Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Taylor Kitsch and other actors. The movie will air in select theaters Friday. 

The Parks Place Theater in Buellton, not too far from Misner's hometown, played special screening of the movie.

"I understand what it means to put your life on the line. You respect that. You honor that, so that's why I'm here. To honor those who have fallen, those who are still on the line fighting fires today," said Freddie Romero, a former firefighter.

People lined up around the theater and donated to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in place of general admission. 

"The foundation is incredible. They step in early on when tragedy hits in Wildland Firefighter community. They're there to provide support, not only financially but emotionally," said Battalion Chief Jay Enns, Los Padres National Forest. 

A few hours before the screening, a fundraiser was held at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company in Buellton. Proceeds made during a 5 hour period, will be donated to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in honor of Battalion Chief Gary Helming. 

He got into an accident on his way home from the Railroad Fire in the Sierra National Forest in August. 

Tammy Misner, Sean's mother, particpated in the fundraiser. She wanted to help give back to the foundation that helped her and her daughter-in-law during their tough time. 

For more information on the foundation, click here.

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