CALEDONIA — The first time Mike Mooney met Anthony Rose, he said, he could tell right away that he was a “good guy.”
Rose, one of the 19 firefighters who died Sunday battling a massive wildfire outside Prescott, Ariz., was engaged to Mooney’s stepdaughter, Tiffany Hettrick.
Mike Mooney and Hettrick’s mother, Theresa Moooney, learned of Rose’s death late Sunday night.
By Monday morning Theresa Mooney was on a plane to Arizona to see her grieving daughter, who is expecting the couple’s first child.
Mike Mooney said Monday night he hadn’t had a chance to talk to “Tiffy,” but said she had been on the phone with “her mom all day.”
A 2009 graduate of Case High School, Hettrick had met Rose through her brother, who lives in Arizona, Mike Mooney said.
He met Rose, 23, when he and his stepdaughter visited in February.
He said Hettrick worried about the dangers of Rose’s profession, but added that he was battling dangerous wildfires when they met.
“This is what he always wanted to be. He loved doing it. He was always in California, Nevada,” Mooney said. “He didn’t like it when they weren’t out. He liked being out there, believe it or not.”
Rose was a member of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, based in Prescott. The United States has 110 Hotshot crews, according to the
U.S. Forest Service website. They typically have about 20 members and go through specialized training.
Mike Mooney said that Rose made quite an impresion on him.
“I don’t like people a lot, and I liked him from the get-go,” Mike Mooney said of Rose. He was just a good guy.”