(NEWSER) – Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew perished in Arizona last week, but one lone member survived. After days of mounting media scrutiny, his identity has been revealed: He is 21-year-old Brendan McDonough, the Arizona Republic reports. But now that you know, says the Prescott Fire Department, please leave him alone. "He is very distraught, as you might think,” says department spokesman Wade Ward. "He is very emotional. He’s got all the questions, the why and the why not. He’s concerned for the families mostly. I can tell you Brendan has no desire to speak to anybody at this point."
Posted July 3rd, 2013 @ 9:26am by Ruth Brown, Newser Staff