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WATCH: Sole Surviving Arizona Firefighter Finally Speaks

WATCH: Sole Surviving Arizona Firefighter Finally Speaks
Posted August 7th, 2013 @ 10:41am by Ruth Brown, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Brendan McDonough, the only member of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew to survive a deadly wildfire in Arizona in June, has given his first interview since the tragedy to ABC News. Contrary to earlier reports, McDonough—known to his colleagues as "Donut"—says the team was aware that the fire was headed toward it, and his crewmates were the ones to tell him to get to safety. "From where they were, they could see it picking up. So they kind of relayed to me, 'Hey, Donut, we got eyes on it,'" he says. He radioed back to say he was moving, and remembers the last thing he heard from his boss. "Jesse Steed, my captain, said, 'All right, I'll see you soon.'"

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