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Montana Firefighter Dies In Arizona Wildfire

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BOZEMAN - A Montana firefighter was one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighter, who died while battling the wildfire in Arizona this past Sunday.

Dustin DeFord began firefighting when he was 18 years old for the Carter County Rural Fire Department in Ekalaka. Dustin took a job as a grand hot shot in Arizona this past spring, but on Sunday he was killed in the Arizona wildfire.

"It's heartbreaking and shocking. It's one of those things that everybody who knows anything about firefighting especially in the hot shots," said Steve DeFord, Dustin's Father.

Steve said his son wanted to be a firefighter since he was young.

"His dream was to be a hot shot, so we were excited for him and still are," said DeFord. "We're very proud of him and the other 18. Everyone of them are to be honored."

Dustin was one of 10 children in the DeFord family and one of five who was a firefighter.

"He's just always been enthusiastic for the firefighting trade. He has worked his ways into people's hearts with his sense of humor," said DeFord.

Steve said although it's been hard, he knows god had a reason for taking his son now.

"It hurts terrible, but I'm not angry," said DeFord. "God knows what he's doing and he knows why and why now and we trust him and his goodness."

Steve said the family is waiting to get the body back from the medical examiners before they plan a memorial.

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