By Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - He has his father's eyes, his chin and his name.
Jaxon Herbert Misner, whose firefighter father, Sean Misner, died with
18 others June 30 in Arizona's Yarnell Hill Fire about 45 miles from
here, was born at 8:13 p.m. MST Thursday here.
a long moniker for a little guy, so they'll call him Jaxon, Jax for
short. Herbert is for his father's beloved grandfather, who also was a
Sean and Amanda Misner were married Sept. 15 and
found out they were going to have a baby in January. They learned the
child was a boy April 8, Sean Misner's 26th birthday and the day before
he started work with the hotshot fire crew.
Three of the Granite Mountain Hotshots had been expecting babies; Jaxon is the first to arrive.
Warneke's wife, Roxanne, is expecting a girl in December. Anthony
Rose's fiancee, Tiffany Hettrick, is expecting a girl in October.
mom, 26, was admitted Wednesday to Yavapai Regional Medical Center East
Campus here. Both she and the baby were doing fine Thursday night, said
Sean Misner's mother, Tammy Misner. Amanda's mother, Kathy Funston of Placerville, Calif., flew Wednesday night to Arizona.
who lives in the Santa Ynez Valley of Southern California where her son
grew up, said she cried with joy when she found out how soon she would
meet her first grandchild.
"My baby boy's baby boy!" she said.
is just such mixed emotions. We're very happy, joyous, and also sad
that our Bud can't be there," Tammy Misner said. And then after a
moment, she added: "He is there; he is there in spirit."