Stories of the fallen firefighters from the Yarnell Hill Fire are heartbreaking.
Saturday night, the family of one of those firefighters, Jesse Steed, spoke to FOX 10.
Jesse Steed was the captain of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
He was 36-years-old, a former marine and he leaves behind a wife and two children.
Jesse James Steed married the love of his life 10 years ago.
"I talked to him Sunday morning before he left. He said he loved me, was the last time I talked to him," said Desiree Steed.
Jesse was the captain of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and one of the 19 fallen firefighters in Yarnell.
While the world remembers a brave firefighter, to his wife he was even more: a gentle, kind husband.
"He was the big scruff guy to everyone else, but I could just give him a big hug," said Desiree.
His wife and family remembers steed for his wild sense of humor, his daredevil spirit, but most of all, his love of family.
"I wanted to wait three months, you know, because just in case and I was nervous and everything. And he told everyone...he went out to our front yard and started yelling it to our neighbors as they were walking... He was so excited to be a dad," said Desiree.
Steed leaves behind two children, 4-year-old Caden and 3-year-old Cambria.
"I want them to know that he loves them more than anything. He was a hero. They should know that he didn't die for nothing," said Desiree.
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