Funeral Held for Fallen Hotshot Firefighter From Seal Beach

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KTLA) — Friends and family gathered in Orange county on Tuesday for a final farewell to firefighter Kevin Woyjeck.

Woyjeck, 21, a native of Seal Beach, died while battling the massive Yarnell fire in Arizona last month.


Kevin Woyjeck, 21, died in the Yarnell fire in Arizona.

He was one of 19 members of the Elite Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew killed as flames roared through the region.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

Woyjeck was the son of Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Joe Woyjeck, who spoke at the funeral.

Before joining the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Woyjeck was a member of L.A. County Fire’s Explorer Post 9.

Hundreds of firefighters from L.A. County Fire and other agencies attended the service.

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies also held a 24-hour vigil starting Monday morning at Fire Station 23 in Bellflower in Woyjeck’s honor.

Woyjeck is survived by his parents, his brother Bobby and his sister Maddy.

Also killed in the Yarnell fire was local Hotshot member Christopher MacKenzie, 30.

He was honored at a memorial service held in Hemet on Saturday.

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