A a Prescott Fire Dept wife, I know the aspects of the job and no matter how hard you prepare yourself. Its not easy to loose a loved one. Hang in there and with all my heart may God and Billy always be with you...
Dear loved ones of Billy,
It has been nearly six months since this horrific tragedy. My prayer is for you to continue to endure in spite of the emotional pain that greets you each day. May you be comforted in knowing that our heavenly father knows how you feel and listens intently if you call on him and come and pray to him, he listens and will calm your heart. – Jeremiah 29:12
Our Hearts and prayers go out to Roxanne Warneke and the Warneke Family!
The world is full of men, but what of men noble and true?
Can you say that you have known such a man?
These men are far too few.
But let me tell you a a story,
About a team of men
Who left behind a legacy
That will not be forgotten.
They passed every test,
Chosen to fight wild fires,
They were called the best.
One scorching June day in 2013,
When a wildfire raged
The Hotshots were called upon
To battle the fiery blaze.
Armed with tools and heavy gear,
They set out in their prime,
No job too hard for these men,
No hill too tall to climb.
Command was set, plans were made
To tackle the fire's wrath
But winds shifted unexpectedly
And they were trapped in the fire's path.
19 men were caught that day,
The fire drew quickly near
Though they knew they were truly trapped,
Not a one showed fear.
Dig your shelters, men came the command,
Each one knew what this meant
They dug with haste and with one final look
They took to their tents.
Then let us look away,
For we cannot bear
What came to each one next,
Each man endured in those fiery moments,
His final Hotshot test.
And when the aid finally found the men,
The blackened landscape bore
The testimony of death everywhere,
And the men who were no more.
Oh children, your father was so brave,
A man who did his best
In work excelled, he fought to save,
withstanding every test.
Dear widow, may you never shed
another tear at some unhappy strife
For you've suffered enough dread
The day your husband lost his life.
Young sweetheart, your hopes and dreams
Lay in ashes, from the fire's wrath
May you find hope and dream once more
Though sorrow has changed your path.
Sad mother, your beautiful son,
your joy and your pride
Whom you succored with patient love,
has bravely lived and bravely died.
Two prayers I pray for you, the first,
Though all hope now seem dim
May you have a hope in God,
And place your trust in Him.
Second, May something good,
Something beautiful and strong
Emerge from this tragic loss
From something that went so wrong.
Then like a Phoenix from the ashes
May these men and their noble deeds
Live, for love is stronger than death,
In the lives of those who who stop here to read.
To the Family & Friends
of Mr. Warneke
Please accept my deepest
sympathy in the loss of
Your HERO. May He Rest In
Peace. May God comfort You
during this difficult time.
Lifting you up in prayer. May God comfort
this family and give them peace.
" The HotShots will be loved and
I'm so sorry for your loss. As a veteran and firefighter, William was a man of character and I will continue to pray for your family.
Thank You for your service and God Bless.
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
My deepest condolences to the Warneke family. May God Bless You All.
May your friend and love one rest in peace! He died what he loved doing the best! SEMPER FI!
Our deepest condolences to you the family and loved ones of this extraordinary young man. He has touched the hearts & minds of the world with his exemplary character,integrity, passion and dedication. He will not be forgotten. His life made a difference. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. May the God of ALL Comfort - comfort you as only He can. "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,for His compassions never fail. With great respect,
So sorry to lose this incredible young man. There is deep sadness in the hearts of Arizonans. We mourn with you.
So very sorry for your loss. A true American hero.
Our deepest sympathies to Kathie and the entire Holland/Warneke family. We send our love and support. You are in our prayers and always in our hearts. The Serrao Family ... Bruce, Nancy, Bonnie and Fran and families.
In the words of Job "You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning." God is tender in mercy and longs to see your loved ones united with you. Please be comforted by His promises. May His blessings shower you in the coming days.
May the Lord's light guide you through this difficult time and may it provide you some comfort to know that William was and will always be a hero.
My deepest condolences to the Purkey and Warneke families. God bless you all. I had the honor of knowing Billy, his siblings and his parents . My heart is truly reaching out to each and everyone of them. REST IN PEACE, BILLY.
You will be missed greatly by your family. You were a brave man, Marine, and fire fighter. I am proud to have called you a cousin and brother in arms. Rest well.
Lt Col Christopher C. Holland,
Our deepest condolences. God welcomed all the Hotshots home with open arms. RIP
I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family during this time of grief.
Oh Billy. I remember meeting you in Captain Greene's fire operations I class. I was honored to be your partner when we drilled. I remember throwing up after our first practical behind that car. Everyone was laughing at us. Not I, I knew that if I had a partner that gave as much as you did during drills, than in real life situations my back would always be covered. Thank you for the time we had together. Thank you for your service to our country. I am sorry that I couldn't have been there for and with you.
Billy, you will always be a hero and your story will live on in our family forever. You serve as an inspiration for generations to come and for the entire nation. We love you dearly and will miss you always.
Billy, you will be forever remembered and forever missed,
you are truly a hero. we will always have a empty place in our lives, I cant express in words the way we will always miss you'
Aunt Marcia & uncle Bill
keeping you in our thoughts and hearts for ever
The Marines and Corpsmen of the Pierce County Detachment 504 Marine Corps League, Share in Your Loss. Rest in Peace, Marine. Semper Fi!
So proud of you Billy. So sad to lose you.
Prayers to the family! To have had this special Brave young man in your lives must make you feel so fortunate. I can not say enough about these firefighters put there lives on the line to save others. Cherish those special memories you shared with him and special thoughts go out to the little baby that will know her Dad in her heart for years to come
our prayers are with your family
So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way. God bless.
Deepest condolences to the Warneke family. RIP Brother;
Chelsea Russell, Toronto Fire Services
god bless to your family thank-you for all you did. your and hero and a vet now your an angel to all. R.I.P.
Comfort the Bereaved
When earthbound days are done, and loved ones go beyond, Sometimes our Lord's promis for eternal life is hidden in grief and loneliness and strife, but, a sympathetic nod, a note that says, "I care", a gesture or a hand to hold will lift clouds of despair. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Romans 12:15. We are weeping with your family as you try to cope with this tragedy. Love Joyce, Peoria Az
My deepest condolonces to the Warneke Family. May God bless each of you and give you comfort during this time. A true Hero!
My heartfelt condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss; so very grateful for your sacrifice.
Sending you much love, and hope that you are granted strength in the coming days. Our sorrow is truly numbing, and our hearts are with you. Charlene and Mike Rathgeb, both with Toronto Fire Services, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
God Bless the family of this young hero...Him and his fellow HOTSHOTS will never be forgotten.....
Thank you for sharing your brave husband and son with us. I know many people that knew him growing up in Hemet. All said what a nice guy he was. Our hearts are broken for yours and our loss.
Thank you for your service and bravery. RIP young man.
The thoughts and prayers of the nation are with you as you grieve the loss of your loved one. May you find some comfort in knowing that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many at this sad time.
God bless the Warneke family and friends during this difficult time. Billy is truly a hero for what he believed and for what he did for a living. May God bless Billy!
rest in peace semper fi marine. joe tennihan usmc.2marines 2 battalion
May your son rest in peace. Semper Fi
MSgt Scott USMC Retired
Thank you for sharing your son with us and I pray you find peace in this tragic time and that you allow the strong to carry you for now.
TO THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM OUR PRAYERS AD DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND WILLIAMS LOVE ONES. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU CLOSE.
So very sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. William was a hero, and will never be forgotten.
God Bless your family.
All of Arizona grieves with you.
With Deep Sympathy --
I am a mother of a 25 year old, this especially makes it very hard to understand any of this, I am so sorry for your loss. Believe me when I say, my family is praying for you, your son, family and friends. We lost a fireman 4 years ago, it was devasting, I couldn't breathe. They say time helps, and maybe it does because I can now breathe and the tears only come when I am in private times rather than in the public environment. Please know, we thank William for his sacrifice to help others, he won't be forgotten.
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. No words can help at this time but please remember we share in your loss. My husband, my oldest daughter, and myself are firefighters.
Roxanne, I am so very sorry that your family is going through this great loss with the passing of Billy. Please know that your unborn child, yourself, family and Billy's friends will be in my thoughts and prayers. Prescott will never forget!
Deepest condolences to your family & friends for the loss of your dear one; a true hero. God be with you in comfort and love as you grieve the loss of this great man. Be assured he gave his life in great honor. There is no way to thank him for his sacrifice; so in the memory of his dear passed soul I thank you, his loving family and friends. You are now his legacy. My heart is broken with you. So, so sorry for you loss.
From another 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines family we send our deepest sympathy. You are a true hero that serviced your country here and abroad. Guard the gates of heaven for us till we all get there.
Kathy & Brian Kent
Blenheim Ontario Canada
Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to William's family. May his child grow up knowing what a hero William was in so many ways. Master Sgt Brackins described the character of this fine young man and the solid foundation he had.
We send our love and deepest Sympathies. This a very, very difficult time for all of you. Will keep you all on our prayers and thoughts. Billy will never be forgotten. He is a HEROE!
May you find strength in God in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your little one someday take comfort in knowing that their father was a true hero.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of my Marine brothers. I have the same French Fortege' that is issued by the Fifth Marines. My prayers and deepest condolences go out to the Warneke's and all of the families of these brave young men! SEMPER FI my brothers!
Job well done, William! Semper Fi!
My heart breaks for Billy Warneke's family. I pray that God comforts them with an everlasting peace and love.
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
I will think you you going through this hard time, I have been to Arizona one and know he was protecting one of the most beutiful places in the world. may he rest in peace
my heart is broken. god bless him, you, roxanne, and your little one.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Thank you Mr. Fireman, Jan-Tempe, Az
Even though I never had the honor of meeting you, you were a hero in my eyes. I have always prayed for you and the other fire fighters everyday. Thank you for all you did. May God bless you & may He bring comfort to your family & friends. Rest in peace, Billy.
God speed. So sorry for your loss.
Never met you Billy..But I will be here to help your family
I didn't know Billy, but I know his mom. Through her, I know we lost an amazing man- son, brother, husband, uncle, and soon-to-be-Dad. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone hurt by this tragedy...
Continue your watch from above :'(