Brent Witham died in the line of duty on August 2, 2017, when he was struck by a falling tree while fighting the Lolo Peak fire in the Lolo National Forest in Montana.
Brent was born on July 9, 1988, in Redlands, California, to Mark Witham and Donna Giordano. He was a member of the Vista Grande Hotshot crew based in the San Bernardino National Forest, California. Hotshot crews are firefighters trained specifically for wildfire suppression. Brent loved the challenges of being part of this elite group of firefighters. He looked forward to going to work every day and worked hard to be a good role model, leader, and firefighter.
Brent will be remembered as a skillful, courageous, and compassionate firefighter who was willing to do whatever it took to help others. Brent touched many lives with his great sense of humor, his compassion for the less fortunate, his way of turning people’s weaknesses into strength, and his overall love for life.
Brent loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, his family, his firefighter brothers and sisters, and his friends. He was a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew, a friend to many, and a proud wildland firefighter. Brent is deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.