Remembering Kevin Woyjeck

Kevin 1I couldn’t make it to Prescott, AZ, today for the Memorial Service for Kevin Woyjeck and his 18 brothers in the Granite Mountain Hotshots that were killed last week. There hasn’t been an hour of the day since last Monday when I haven’t thought about Kevin’s dad, my dear friend Joe Woyjeck, Kevin’s mom, Anna, and his brother Bobby and sister Maddie.
One of the most touching gestures in a week full of them was the memorial run organized by the Prescott Fire Department. Kevin’s brother, Bobby, an NCAA scholarship track athlete, went to Prescott and ran the race in Kevin’s boots.
I plan to have my own Memorial Service for Kevin tonight. I’m gonna pop a cold beer and put on Tracy Lawrence’s “If I Don’t Make It Back.” I think the song reflects how Kevin felt, and how he would like us to remember him.
Please do the same, wherever you are.
R.I.P., Kevin. We miss you every day, and will never forget your ultimate sacrifice and dedication to duty.

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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