The Eric Marsh Foundation for Wildland Firefighters is a non profit foundation which was created to aid next of kin of wildland firefighters killed in the line of duty and to help wildland firefighters suffering with PTSD.
Our foundation was created to continue the legacy of Eric Marsh who was the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, and one of its very founding members. We created the foundation to do good in Eric's name as a way to spread love and healing through the wildland fire community. We wanted to give back to the community which had been Eric's world for over two decades of fighting fire.
The foundation was formed by Eric's widow, Amanda Marsh, Marvel Steinbrink, the wife of Duane Steinbrink, Eric's original direct supervisor and fellow founder of the crew, and Leah Weckworth, Granite Mountain Hotshot alumni. Amanda needed a positive place to focus her pain in order to do good in the world. The foundation has grown and grown since its inception, but it still sticks to its humble roots. Our office is one small room above the Hike Shack in Prescott, Arizona. The Hike Shack is a perfect place to house our foundation because Eric and other members of the crew frequented the Shack often for gear. This feels like an important and symbolic home for us.
Over the years our board of directors has grown and our Executive Director, Amy Armenta came on deck to help us better serve our community. We use Eric in our foundation name because it is the only name we feel ownership of, however we always honor the entire crew within our mission and our values. Our goal is to spread good in the wildland and first responder communities in honor of Eric Marsh and the Granite Mountain Hotshots. We are a 501 c 3 non profit and raise money for next of kin of wildland firefighters killed in the line of duty and we help wildland firefighters with PTSD.