HEMET (CBSLA.com) — The Hemet Firefighters Association Tuesday voted to give community funds to the families of two firefighters killed battling a wildfire in Arizona.READ MORE: Apple Valley Charter School's Band Director Kenneth Sockwell Arrested After Hidden Camera Found On Campus
“We need some immediate financial assistance for the families,” Steve Sandefer said.
The union also voted to match funds from their own pockets for the families of Chris MacKenzie and Billy Warneke.
Both men, originally from Hemet, were killed Sunday along with 17 other Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew members in the fast-moving Yarnell Fire.READ MORE: LAPD, LA School Police Investigate Sexual Assault Of Female Student In Hamilton High School Boys' Bathroom
MacKenzie, 30, was on the football team at Hemet High School and graduated in 2001. He joined the U.S. Forest Service in 2004, and had moved to Prescott two years ago.
Warneke, 25, was a former Marines who completed one tour of duty in Iraq. His wife is expected to deliver the couple’s first child in December.
Seal Beach native, 21-year-old Kevin Woyjeck, and 21-year-old Grant McKee, who also had ties to Southern California, were also killed in the wildfire.MORE NEWS: LAUSD Student Athletes Face Halloween Deadline To Get Vaccinated Or Risk Being Unable To Play
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