Granite Mountain Hotshot
Christopher MacKenzie
Memorial Service Information

On June 30, 2013, 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew tragically died while battling an out-of-control wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona. One of the 19 was Christopher MacKenzie of Hemet, California. He started his career as a seasonal fire fighter with the U.S. Forest Service, and served on the Taquitz crew in the San Jacinto National Forest. From there he went on to serve on a helicopter crew for the Bureau of Land Management and the Mill Creek hotshots in the San Bernardino National Forest. He was invited to apply to the Granite Mountain Hot Shots by Aaron Stevens, one of his former captains, and had just started his third season as a full-time employee of Prescott Fire Department as a lead crew member.

Christopher is survived by his mother Lauri Goralski, father Michael MacKenzie, brother Aaron MacKenzie, stepmother Janice MacKenzie, and stepsisters Janae Gier and Jill Allison.


Due to the overwhelming response received on the passing of Chris MacKenzie, CDF Firefighters Local 2881 is in the process of establishing a donation site for the MacKenzie family. To send a message of interest to donate, please click here.

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