Project Roll Call

Stephen H. Furey

  • Firefighter
  • Mormon Lake Hotshots
  • Arizona
  • Year of Death: 1976

On July 17, 1976 members of the Mormon Lake (AZ) Hotshot Crew were deployed to the Battlement Creek Wildland Fire near the town of Rifle, Colorado. Members of their crew were part of a small squad that became trapped on top of a ridge by the fire. When the fire overran their position, Stephen H. Furey and two other Mormon Lake Hotshots lost their lives.


This firefighter line of duty fatality occurred before the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial was built in Emmitsburg, Maryland. While this firefighter has not been officially honored at the Memorial site, there are plans to do so when resources are available.

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Memorial Wall

  1. Steve Furey was my younger brother and dearest friend. He was kind, smart and a person who always felt deeply and compassionately for his family and friends. We was also my hero. I miss him very much.

    – Jan Furey
  2. My fondest memory of Steve was the time the Furey clan took me skiing at Grand Targee. It was deep powder and steep. Steve was a much better skier and was well ahead but he was watching out for me. When I took a gigantic tumble Steve hiked way back up the mountain to help me get back on my skies. On his next run he retrieved my ski pole. Steve was full of promise and had so many great qualities but I will always remember him best for his kindness. Steve was born a hero.

    – Jan Murdoch
  3. Steve was a young man in his prime and his loss still hurts.

    – Kris Johnson