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Family of fallen firefighter runs marathon in his memory

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At the start of Sunday's half marathon the father of one of the fallen Andrew Ashcroft will be reading the names of the 19 fallen firefighters.

Jesse Steed was a Captain of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the crew of 19 firefighters who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

The year before the tragedy Steed ran in the P.F. Chang's Rock & Roll Marathon he even asked his brother to join. "Unfortunately I was working out of town... never really was ambitious enough to run a marathon"  said Steeds brother Levi Federwisch.

But this year Federwisch will run joining their siblings and a group of 40 runners taking on the marathon in memory of the 19 fallen firefighters.

"Every mile I run I think of my brother that's what it's about... just doing it for my brother" said Federwisch.

"I'm proud that everyone is coming together in honor of these guys" said Cassidy Steed.

The 19 names listed on the backs of their marathon shirts, the memories of those heroes carried in their hearts forever. Jesse Steed was 36 years-old and left behind a wife and two children.

"I want people to know that these hotshots, these guys are amazing guys, these guys work hard they are dedicated to what they do... most of the hot shots lived their life like it could be their last day.  Just enjoy life... go out there... live it to the fullest" said Federwisch.

The group hopes to raise nearly $20,000 for a fund benefiting the families of the firefighters.

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