By Alondra Aurora Murillo / Staff Writer

Kevin Joseph Woyjeck, 21, from Seal Beach, was one of the youngest of 19 firefighters who died this past June 30 while fighting against a strong winded wildfire at Yarnell Hill in Prescott, Ariz.

Woyjeck, had 3 months served three months as a member of a specialized unit of firefighters called the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew, dreamed to become a firefighter in the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Since he was influenced by his father, Joe Woyjeck, a veteran of the fire service, Kevin accomplished a lot while trying to reach his goal of becoming a firefighter.

Before becoming a firefighter, Woyjeck spent his time as a Seal Beach junior lifeguard, Fire Explorer, responded to emergency calls for the Care Ambulance Service and studied fire and rescue techniques at the Los Angeles County Fire Department Explorer Post 9 in Cerritos.

Summer Co-Editor in Chief, Arieel Alcaraz, 21, Journalism major said, “I remember Kevin always smiling.”

Woyjeck graduated from Los Alamitos High School and was known for his participation in the track-and-field team.

She also added, “Kevin was always good at what he did, especially in track and field.”

Woyjeck was given full honors of service during his memorial ceremony in the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove. His remains were set to rest in Forest Lawn Mortuary in Long Beach on Tuesday, July 16.

Kevin leaves behind parents, a brother, Bobby Woyjeck, 19, and a sister, Maddie Woyjeck, 15.