TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Firefighter William "Bill" Warneke, 25, who resided in Avra Valley, was one of the 19 wildland firefighters who passed while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on Sunday.
A representative with the North Tucson Firefighters Association says Warneke was a first-year member of the elite Granite Mountain Hot Shot crew, based out of Prescott.
He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science in 2012 from Pima Community College. He also served in the Marines for four years.
His body and those of the others have been taken to the Maricopa Medical Examiners Office in Phoenix.
Fellow firefighters gathered in tribute outside the office as the procession of vans arrived.
Warneke is survived by his wife, Roxanne, who is pregnant with the couple's first child.
Roxanne and family are being assisted by local fire fighters and chief officers of the Prescott Fire Department and the Incident Management Team.