Community Donates New Home to Arizona Hotshot Firefighter’s Widow

Fallen Firefighter's Family Gets New Home 1:39

The walls of Roxanne Warneke's new Tucson home are adorned with mementos that remind her of her husband — one of the Hotshot firefighters who died more than a year ago in an Arizona wildfire. The home itself was constructed and donated by volunteers over the 16 months since William Warneke, 25, and 18 other Hotshot firefighters lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The home was dedicated to the fallen firefighters in a ceremony on Thursday night, "Being able to watch it go up was really inspiring," said Warneke, the new mom of a 10-month old baby girl, who her husband never got the chance to meet.

Many in Tucson didn’t know Warneke, a former Marine, or his wife, but they pitched in by donating time, appliances and gifts to get the house finished. “How could we not,” Tucson Fire Department captain Josh Campbell asked. “Our profession, we're all family. And when you have somebody who needs us, we show up,” Campbell told NBC affiliate KVOA. “I really, really, really appreciate it. Thank you,” Warneke said to the community in a video posted on YouTube by the Arizona Daily Star.


— Elisha Fieldstadt